Thepurpose is being the first study to test grit and personality traits on how itaffects the expertise in the soccer players. They wanted to prove the grittierthe athlete the more dedicated and overall better athlete/teammate they wouldbe for the team. Theyused 385 youth elite male soccer players for this study.
They used the ShortGrit Scale and the Participation History Questionnaire. The followed up with atemporal occlusion method for perceptual-cognitive ability of the participants.This included 20 videos of soccer plays and they had the option to pick thenext step in situation. Then videos of a soccer player performing a move andthey would have to answer with what that soccer player would do in thatsituation.
They were asked to identify which player would be the morethreatening one to defend. Whenthe age was controlled the grit had a bigger positive effect on the scores ofthe Grit-S and PHQ. Over all as a whole they was a small to medium significantcorrelation with the grit and soccer specific measurements. The study usedone-way ANCOVA to find the mean, which demonstrated a rather significant effecton grit with the age control. For this study they reported the firstattempt that demonstrates the possible link between the personality traits andgrit as well as the effects it has on the desire to achieve long-term goals evenwith failures or setbacks. This included in sport-specific engagement, indirectfactors and perceptual-cognitive skills.
The case study’s findings of the ongoing may indicate that grittier youth athletes are more likely to investgreater amounts of time in soccer-specific activities, and work toward theirsporting goals, compared to less gritty individuals. The grittier the athletethe more they want to participate and build up the team in more ways than justplaying.