Influential Factors In The Relationship Between Team Pregame Rituals And Perceived Athletic Performance: A Test Of Durkheimian Theory
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This study was designed to apply the concepts developed in Emile Durkheim's Theory of Religion to the study of team pregame rituals and their effect on perceived athletic performance amongst collegiate athletes. The data was obtained through a quantitative survey conducted and advertised online through email and social media. One hundred and eight (108) college athletes responded to the survey. Based on the theoretical model developed using Durkheim's concepts, seven hypotheses were developed to explain the proposed relationship between Ritual Participation and Perceived Athletic Performance (PAP). The data provided at least partial support for each hypothesis as well as the model as a whole. Overall, an essential finding was that 99 percent of the athletes participated in team rituals and believed the rituals are important for team success. Thus, team pregame rituals among college athletes should be further investigated and utilized to promote success and enhance performance in team sports.