Win or Lose: the Mindset and Feelings of Athletes Who Lose

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Win or Lose: The Mindset and Feelings of Athletes Who Lose
Group 7
Adamos, Ivanna Elija Ramona A.
Agdeppa, Liberty Jury M.
Cuerdo, Eugenie Louise O.
Dy, Trisha Angela U.
Reyes, Danielle Karol H.
Wassmer, Leo Josef A.
INTRODUCTION
Background Study

Athletes are always inevitably faced with two paths in every game– winning or losing. Either of these two can generate strong waves of emotions and may emanate even long after the match had been set (Allen, Jones, & Sheffield, 2010). The behavioral consequences of winning and losing always have a far cry over future performances (Reeve, Olson, & Cole, 1985). It comes to attention that in losing, the athlete must effectively cope with failures. Athletes who do may also motivate themselves even further in order to achieve the goal they originally aspired for (Ashley, 2010).

Athletes are always driven to win, and this drive motivates them to strategize in attaining this goal (Taylor, 2009). Failures are windows of opportunity, so as long as the athlete is willing to accept and prepare ahead, he/she will turn these adversities into a motivating force to change the tides. The experience of losing a game, therefore, must be the motivating force for an athlete to do better.

Though there are other definite motivational factors which affects the athlete’s performance (Berger & Pope, 2011), this study aims to find the significance of emotional responses of losing a game to the mindset of athletes in the following games.

Main Argument

“Experience losing a game serves a motivating force for an athlete to do better.”

Athletes are always driven to win, and this drive motivates them to strategize in attaining this goal. Failures are windows of opportunity, so as long as the athlete is willing to accept and prepare ahead, he/she will turn these adversities into a motivating force to change the tides.

Research Objectives

* To find the relevance of experiencing a loss to the mindset and feelings of an athlete for the subsequent games. * To gather in-depth information regarding the mindset and feelings of athletes who experience losing and winning a game or sports competition. * To find out the effect on the mindsets and feelings of athletes before entering games, after winning or losing games, and what preparation they do for the next games to come.

METHODOLOGY
Theoretical Framework

Symbolic Interactionism
The theory used is symbolic interactionism, which is concerned primarily with micro level social phenomena and represents more of social psychology. “If people define their situation as real, they are real in their consequences.” (Thomas, 1928, p. 572). People respond to things on the basis of the meanings those things have for them (Blumer,1969). Symbolic interactionism is the way we learn to interpret and give meaning to the world though our interactions with others. This theory focuses attention on the way that people interact through symbol like words, gestures, rules, and roles.

The research focuses on the interaction of the athletes to the result of their games. And the way they react to this results to their mindset and feelings.

In relation with our study as to how athletes perceive wins and losses and how that affects them in their training and games which follow. The different rituals they do on and off the court to prepare and unwind depending on the outcome of each game. Also the amount of work they put in weather they choose to be relaxed or to push harder than normal during the situation they face.

Human Agency

“Human agency emphasizes the active, willful, goal seeking character of human actors” (Reynolds & Herman-Kinney, X). The emphasis on agency focuses attention on those actions, events, and moments in social life in which agentic action is especially palpable.

This shows the motivational side of the research wherein the athletes are characterized as goal seeking and their goal is to win...
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