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Predictive ability of psychological factors with future performance of football players: a systematic review with meta-analysis
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Arsenal Performance and Research Team, Arsenal Football Club, United Kingdom & Arsenal Psychology and Research Group, Arsenal Football Club, United Kingdom.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8987-5975
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom & Arsenal Psychology and Research Group, Arsenal Football Club, United Kingdom.
Arsenal Performance and Research Team, Arsenal Football Club, United Kingdom & Arsenal Psychology and Research Group, Arsenal Football Club, United Kingdom.
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2020 (English)In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, ISSN 1440-2440, E-ISSN 1878-1861, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 415-420Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: This systematic review had 3 key objectives: (1) to investigate whether psychological factors were associated with future football performance (e.g., progression to professional football, better game statistics during the next season); (2) to critically review the methodological approaches used in the included studies and summarize the evidence for the current research question; (3) to provide guidelines for future studies.

Design: Systematic Review

Methods: Electronic databases (SPORTDiscus, PubMed and PsycINFO) and previously published systematic and scoping reviews were searched. Only prospective studies were considered for inclusion.

Results: Eleven published studies that reported 39 effect sizes were included. Psychological factors; task orientation, task-oriented coping strategies and perceptual-cognitive functions had small effects on future performance in football (ds = 0.20-0.29). Due to high risk of bias there were low certainty of evidence for psychological factors relationship with future football performance.

Conclusions: Psychological factors investigated showed small effects on future football performance, however, there was overall uncertainty in this evidence due to various sources of bias in the included studies. Therefore psychological factors cannot be used as a sole deciding factor in player recruitment, retention, release strategies, however it would appear appropriate to include these in the overall decision-making process. Future, studies with more appropriate and robust research designs are urgently needed to provide more certainty around their actual role. © 2019 Sports Medicine Australia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Chatswood: Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 23, no 4, p. 415-420
Keywords [en]
Football success, Performance, Psychology
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40954DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.10.021ISI: 000521119900017PubMedID: 31753742Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85075426982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40954DiVA, id: diva2:1370377
Available from: 2019-11-14 Created: 2019-11-14 Last updated: 2020-04-22Bibliographically approved

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