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A belief and an assurance in one's own abilities (self-confidence) or the abilities of another. In sport, it is essentially a feeling of having an expectation of success. Very often the most successful sportspeople have high aspirations and high levels of self-confidence. Confidence is situation-specific; for example, a person may be highly confident in tennis, but not in swimming. Successful coach-athlete partnerships usually depend on athletes placing their confidence in a coach, trusting the coach to guide them. Once confidence is gained, the athletes are more likely to respect the coach's judgement, accept decisions and follow instructions.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.


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