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date: 05 June 2020

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A substantial body of empirical work has demonstrated links between hope and positive psychosocial functioning within the general field of psychology. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to the importance of hope within the athletic domain. The minimal research that does exist suggests that hope is associated with enhanced athlete well-being and performance. The reasons for such associations, however, remain uncertain. Potential mechanisms underlining the hope–performance relationship may include more efficacious goal-setting practices, increased effort, diminished anxiety, and enhanced pain tolerance. Further research is needed to elucidate potential mediators of the hope–performance relationship, the antecedents of hope, the implications of hope for individual and team performance, and the value of hope interventions in augmenting athlete well-being, coping, and athletic performance.

Keywords: hope interventions, goal-setting, athletes, hope–performance relationship, team performance, athlete well-being

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