|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study was to enhance our knowledge and understanding of elite
athletes' use of goals within sport using a qualitative approach. The participants were
seven females and three males who represented a range of team and individual sports.
All participants competed at international and/or National level. Results revealed that
athletes employed goal setting extensively and effectively in training and competition.
Specifically, results inferred that certain methods to goal attainment have a major
impact on athletes' concentratio4 motivator¡ conifidence and sporting performance.
Methods included; evaluating progress, goal prioritising focusing on key elements of
performance, utilising psychological skills, comparing own performance to others,
and receiving feedback. Findings are discussed in relation to the current empirical and
theoretical literature, and suggestions for best practice by coaches and researchers are