College of Arts and Sciences
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Primary Subject Area
Health Sciences, General; Health Sciences, Recreation
exercise, sports performance, external factors, athletic performance
Dahl, Kimberly D., "External Factors and Athletic Performance" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 347.
The science behind athletic performance has progressed significantly with the advancement of technology and research of sport. The current review examines further the effects of several external factors on athletic performance. Factors were deemed external if they involved either variables out of the athlete’s control or an athlete’s conscious decision. Addressing playing environment, voluntary consumption of alcohol, sleep, a variety of emotions, and team environment contributes to a better understanding of the wide variety of factors that may influence athletic performance. The conclusions reveal ways in which awareness of external factors may impact overall performance.