Individual Aspects of Performance

Individual aspects of performance relates to things personal to each athlete such as motivation, personality, behaviour and attitudes. For example some people can 'psych' themselves up easily, some are more laid back. Some athletes perform well under pressure but others prefer to take a more relaxed approach and not put themselves under additional pressure. Understanding how peoples personalities differ can help when designing competition and training plans as well as preparing mentally for peak performance.

Motivation & Personality

The aim of this section is to understand how an individuals personality affects their motivation and includes need to achieve vs fear of failure, self confidence and experience. Some people are more naturally driven to achieve set goals than others. These people like to push and challenge themselves.

Motivation & Arousel

Motivation is thought to be a combination of the drive within us to achieve our aims and the outside factors which affect it. With this in mind, motivation has the following two forms, intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.


The aim of this lesson is to understand personality and individual differences between people. (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education)

Behaviour & Attitudes

The aim of this lesson is to understand the difference between assertion and aggression, how attitudes are formed and changed (Equivalent to UK A-Level Physical Education)

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