Successful endurance performance is commonly attributed to the athlete who
possesses the right blend of physical and mental capabilities, to cope with the specific
demands of an endurance sport, in tough environmental conditions. Sport psychology is
important for a variety of sports, especially endurance-based sports, given the mental and
physical effort required to effectively train and compete at varying intensities and duration.
The growing interest for endurance performance, has resulted in some narrative reviews
examining the specific skills that may enhance performance, such as self-talk, attentional
control, and active self-regulatory strategies. A systematic review focused on experimental or
quasi-experimental studies, with largely non-elite populations, to address the psychological
determinants of whole-body endurance performance for which strategies work best. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy of Loughborough University.