Personality traits of handball goalkeepers

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Goalkeeping in handball puts special demands on the athletes. Whereas on-court strain and conditional demands of the goalkeeper position are already intensively investigated, research on handball goalkeepers’ personality traits is still lacking. In this study, the sport specific personality structure of male handball goalkeepers (N= 81) on competitive and leisure sport level was assessed for the firsttime, using a version of the BFI-10 adapted to the sport context. In comparison to the normal population, handball goalkeepers proved to be more conscientious, moreneurotic, and less open for new experiences. A relation of the trait conscientiousness andthe performance level became visible; goalkeepers on higher performance levels showed higher conscientiousness values. The current investigation presents a sport specific personality profile of handball goalkeepers for the first time, whereby derivations,for example, for the construction of talent diagnostic have to be seen more critical.The results of the current study provide the basis for further research which should, amongst others, especially focus on the comparison of the personality structure of goalkeepers and field players
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of human sport and exercise
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)283-293
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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