Will to win: Comparative study between the medal winning and non-medal winning athletes

Kannayya Lal
2017 International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health   unpublished
The objective of this study are to examine will to win of medal winning and non-medal winning male athletes. For this purpose investigator select thirty medal winning and thirty non-medal winning athletes of inter college level ranging age from 18 to 25. The sample selection method was used as purposive sampling technique. Will to win questionnaire (kumar and shukla, 1988) was used to measure will to win of players. t-test applied to compare the medal winning and non-medal winning athletes. The
more » ... level of significance was set 0.05. Results show that there were significant difference found regarding the parameter of will to win between medal winning and non-medal winning athletes. It is concluded from the findings that Medal winner athletes have high will to win comparison to non-medal winner. Keywords: Will to win, medal winner, athletes 1. Introduction Psychology is both an applied and academic fields that studies the human mind and behavior. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thoughts, emotion and behavior. Application of psychology include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self help and many other areas affecting health and daily life. Psychology has two major areas of focus. Academic psychology and applied psychology. Most top athletes and coaches believe that psychological factor play a crucial role for top performance like emotional intelligence, motivation, aggression and will to win etc. Human beings are by nature competitive and ambitious for their excellence in all athletic performance. Every team want to show supremacy by challenging other team. Thus this challenge stimulates, inspires and motivates all the players to sweat and strive to perform at optimum level in present competitive sports world. The main thrust of the modern sports is on winning, not just participating and playing. In this study investigator comparing will to win between medal winning and non-medal winning athletes. Will to win defined as the intensity of the desire to defeat an opponent to exceed some performance standard in given sports. Will to win is the extent to which a person desires to reach some standard of excellence or defeat of opponent. The athletes high in will to win mainly compete to first position and may have something of win at all cost attitude. White (1959) [13] found that will to win is also relates with competitive and by acknowledging this, an athlete is able to put in his best and complete the activity successfully. Daino (1985) defined as "the intensity of desires to defeat an opponent or to exceed some performance standard in given sports". Will to win is important parameter which makes great competitors. It has been observed in some competition that players who although lacked physical fitness ended up winning the match, all due to their determination to win. A correct attitude towards winning always helps in achieving high performance in sports. This ability to work to one's full potential is directly related to an individual will to win. Low will to win indicates that competitors are careless about winning. It is observed that those players win the medal have high will to win comparison to loser players. Players high will to win should be very competitive and should feel that winning is the major (if not only) reason for competing.