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The present study's overall aim was to add to the scarce literature regarding the sport of ultra-running and factors that improve athletic performance. Moreover, I sought to provide support for the use of the tripartite theory of Emotional Intelligence (EI) when considering athletic performance. The specific aim of the study was to determine how much tripartite-EI adds to the prediction of ultra-runners 100km personal best after confounding performance variables have been controlled for. Additionally, I was interested if there are any mediating variables affecting the relationship between tripartite-EI and 100km personal best. Participants were recruited online through various social media platforms and ultra-running events. They completed an online questionnaire containing a list of demographics, running related questions and three psychometric measures to assess each level of Tripartite EI; Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short Form, Situational Test of Emotion Understanding- Brief, and Situational Test of Emotion Management-Brief. Structural Equation Modeling was performed to examine the interrelations among the variables and revealed that Tripartite EI’s influence on ultra-runners 100km personal best is entirely mediated by an athlete’s training load. Potential explanations for the mediating effect are discussed within the context of EI related factors (i.e., self-control, self-motivation) that could theoretically enhance an athlete’s training.
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