A Beginning: The Resonance Process of Three Female Freestyle Wrestlers via a Resonance-Performance-Model-Based Intervention
Authors: Kara Stelfox and David Paskevich
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine how female freestyle wrestlers experience the resonance process and how a resonance intervention affected performance and achievement of ideal feelings. The four-part Resonance Performance Model (RPM) describes the process through which experts become accomplished by defining and achieving ideal feelings. Although the RPM has been successfully applied in several sport contexts, further exploration is needed in different sports to continue the modelís validation. Three female wrestlers from a university wrestling team participated in semi-structured interviews, which were analyzed via Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, and reflective journaling. Participants gained insight in five areas: achievement of the Dream feeling, perceived effect on performance, decision-making, Obstacle-Preparation Loop and the most meaningful RPM component. Results support the RPM as a tool for improving self-awareness and achievement of desired feelings. It may also be used to improve performance of freestyle wrestlers and other athletes.