Mental Skills Inventory for Sports (short version)

This questionnaire assesses mental skills that are considered crucial for achieving excellence in sports performance. All questions refer to situations and personal experiences in practice and competition.

1. An opponent with a self-confident attitude throws me off.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

2. I am able to control my nerves when I feel tense before the competition.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

3. I get distracted during competition.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

4. Before competition I visualize my moves, plays, or race.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

5. I keep enjoying my sport, even when I get tired.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

6. I train harder than most other athletes.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

7. I am a mentally tough competitor.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

8. I doubt my athletic skills and capabilities.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

9. My muscles become overly tight during competition.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

10. During competition, my thoughts are somewhere else.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

11. I visualize working through tough situations prior to competition.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

12. I practice with high positive intensity.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

13. In practice or competition, I give up on a task when it is harder than I expected.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never

14. I can change negative moods into positive ones by controlling my thinking.

  • Almost Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Almost Never