A cycle showing the relationships between how an athlete feels about himself or herself, and how he or she is likely to perform in competition. A positive self-image is likely to promote a positive attitude that, in turn, leads to high expectations. An athlete with high expectations is likely to improve behaviour (e.g. eat a well-balanced diet and abstain from excessive alcohol consumption), so that performance in competition is enhanced. Successful performances improve self-image, and soon. A negative self-image leads to opposite effects, reducing the chances of success in competition.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.