The purpose of the current study was to provide an exploratory account of swimmers' pre-performance routines prior to a successful performance and the influential role that social interaction plays during this time. Eight swimmers' descriptions of their pre-performance routines were analyzed using an interpretive thematic analysis to identify salient storylines. Two overarching themes were identified: (a) athletes' interactions with the social environment; and (b) connection between the social modality and other modalities of a psychobiosocial state. The authors conclude by promoting a move towards more contextualized understandings of pre-performance routines and an acknowledgement of the social state as an integral component of an interactive psychobiosocial state. We propose that the dynamic nature of person-environment relationships, and how these may impact athletes' feeling states, should be considered during the development of pre-performance routines.
- pre-performance routines
- psychobiosocial state