2020, Volume 12, Issue 2
Personality and temperament of Olympic taekwondo competitors and their level of advancement and sports performance
Marta Remiszewska1, Jerzy F. Miller2, Marek Graczyk1, Milena Lachowicz1
1Department of Social Sciences, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport
2Faculty of Health Science, State University of Applied Sciences
Author for correspondence: Milena Lachowicz; Department of Social Sciences, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport; email: email@example.com
Background: The goal of the presented study was to identify personality and temperament traits of Olympic taekwondo competitors at a varied level of advancement in relation to their sports performance.
Material and methods: There were 127 Olympic taekwondo competitors in a junior category (n = 63) and a senior one (n = 64) who were divided into two research groups, i.e. competitors who won medals and competitors who did not win medals in the Polish championship of Olympic taekwondo.
Results: Having analysed the data, it turned out that the two researched groups (juniors and seniors) were similar regarding a low level of anxiety and neuroticism, a high level of extroversion and an average level of agreeableness. The only variable significantly differentiating competitors in junior and senior groups was neuroticism.
Conclusions: In the junior group, it was extroversion that differentiated the competitors with or without medals, in the senior one – agreeableness.
Key words: Olympic taekwondo, personality, temperament, sport performance