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Vaez Mousavi M, Mousavi A, Mohammadi F. Psychological Characteristics of Iranian Para-athletes. IJMCL. 2021; 3 (3) :46-56
URL: http://ijmcl.com/article-1-99-en.html
Ph.D. in Sport Psychology, National Olympic Academy, Tehran, Iran
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Background:  During last two decades, researchers have become more interested in psychological development of para-athletes. In fact, psycho-social benefits of para sport are apparent in psychosocial development of para-athletes that needs further consideration.
Objective: The objective of this study was to study psychological characteristics of Iranian para-athletes.
 Methods: A number of 60 purposefully selected Paralympic and Para-Asian athletes (40 males and 20 females) participated in a quasi-structured interview; data were analysed thematically.
Results: After preliminary processes, para-athletes’ psychological characteristics were categorized in four groups: Athletic identity, mental skills, virtuous relationships, and needs for consultation; each category covers several codes.
Conclusions: Findings are discussed in relation to their significance in para-athlete’s mental health, well-being, and performance. Using psychological characteristics of para-athletes as models to train younger athletes and employing a comprehensive approach to train sport psychologist are suggested.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: 1-3. Sport Psychology
Received: 2021/04/24 | Accepted: 2021/07/28 | Published: 2021/08/31

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