Aggressive Behavior and Competitive Anxiety in Relation to the Volleyball Playing Ability of University Players

By Varghese C. Antony, R. K. Yadav and V. Lawrence Gray Kumar.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The authors examined the relationship between aggression, sports competitive anxiety, and volleyball playing ability. Sixty male volleyball players (M age = 24.2 years) were selected as subjects who played in a state inter-university volleyball tournament held in Jabalpur, India. The Sports Aggression Inventory (Kumar and Shukla 1988) and SCAT (Martens 1977) were administered to collect data. Volleyball playing ability was assessed by using a subjective rating scale designed by Yadav (1989). Statistical significance was set at 0.05. The results indicated that there were no significant relationship between aggressive behavior (r = -0.053; p > .05) and playing ability; sports competitive anxiety (r = -0.236, p < .05) showed a negative significant correlation on playing ability. Statistically no significant correlation was found between both variables together on playing ability (r = 0.198; p > .05). The insignificant correlation may be due to reasons that players are well experienced and mature, and they knew that aggressive behavior during play results in violations of rules and may bring tension, anxiety, and poor performance. Hanegby and Tenenbaum (2001), Cox (2002), and Wann (1997) also found insignificant correlation between aggression and performance, supporting the results of present study. If anxiety is not handled well, athletes will lose control and their performance will decrease (Martens et al. 1990; Gualberto and Wiggins, 2008).

Keywords: Aggressive Behavior, Competitive Anxiety, Volleyball Playing Ability

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.47-55. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 364.664KB)).

Dr. Varghese C. Antony

Lecturer, Physical Education Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Antony is working as lecturer in the Physical Education Department of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He has teaching experience of more than 20 years and is and internationally accredited volleyball coach (level 1). He is presently working on funded research projects and has research interests in the field of psychology.

Dr. R. K. Yadav

Professor, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, India

Dr. V. Lawrence Gray Kumar

Physical Training Instructor, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India