Author(s): Varol TUTAL, Mehmet EFE
The purpose of this research; to examine the relationship between mental toughness and passion in professional footballers and to determine whether there is any difference between them according to gender and age variables. A total of 225 football players participated in the survey voluntarily, 104 female (46,2%) and 121 male (53,8%). In the study, Vallerand et al. (2003) developed the "Passion Scale" adapted to Turkish by Kelecek and A?ç? (2013) and Sheard et al. (2009) and "Sport Mental Toughness Questionnaire " which Alt?nta? (2015) made to Turkish adaptation was used. The internal consistency of the responses to the Passion Scale and Sport Mental Toughness Questionnaire used in the study was examined by Cronbach's Alpha (α) and was set to .63 and .92 respectively. It has been determined that data are normal distribution when the skewness and kurtosis values of the data collection tools used are taken into consideration. In this analysis, pearson correlation analysis was used to determine the relationships between the variables and t-test analysis methods were used to determine the difference between the independent samples and the variables. All analyzes were performed in the SPSS package program and the level of significance was taken as p <0.05 in all the evaluations.
According to the findings of the research, positive correlation between mental toughness sub-dimension scores and passion sub-dimension scores was found. When the results of correlation analysis for age variable were examined, it was found that there was a significant positive relationship between age and mental toughness sub-dimension scores and a non-significant correlation between positive scores and passion sub-dimension scores. In addition, when the results of t-test according to gender variable were examined, it was found that there was a significant difference in mental toughness sub-dimension scores among the groups whereas no significant difference was found between passion sub-dimension scores.