Examining Factors That Contribute to Athletes’ Anxiety About Body Image During Sport Setbacks

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  • Setbacks in sport are common and particularly relevant to current athletes because of the sport interruptions that resulted from COVID-19. Given the prevalence of mental health and body image issues reported in athletes, we considered factors impacting athletes’ setback-related anxiety about body image. Along with known correlates, such as negative affect (Rex & Metler, 2016), that are linked to setback anxiety, we sought to examine additional demographic and psychosocial factors that contribute to setback-related anxiety about body image. We employed a 2-step hierarchical regression with a sample of North American postsecondary athletes (N = 110, Mage = 21) who reflected on a sport setback. Our findings revealed rumination and negative affect were significantly and positively linked to anxiety about body image, but positive affect was unrelated. These findings highlight possible psychological and emotional aspects that contribute to athlete anxiety about their bodies when facing setbacks, particularly setbacks related to COVID-19.

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