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The most effective and most important factor in contemporary sports is early detection and timely discovery of talents. Using talent identification process improves standards of sports successes by maximizing the number of talented athletes and since that Karate is one of the most popular sports in our country the need for recognizing indicators that are important for talent identification is to be felt. The main purpose of this research was comparing the main mental and psychological indicators of female teen, youth, adults elite Iranian karatkas in both karate and Kumite. The statistical population sample was 42 members of national team(including 5 Kata and 15 Kumite), young's (including 4 Kata and 7 Kumite), teenagers (including 4 Kata and 7 Kumite). Random sampling method was purposefully.4 physiological and 6 mental parameters from the 60-item Ottawa questionnaire recorded and calculated from the participants. Normality of data distribution were examined by using Kolmogorov-Smirnov test and determined that data distribution is normal. In the inferential statistics the difference between kata and kumite elite groups were examined by using independent T statistical method. According to the results of this study we can say that there is no difference between mental characteristics (except motivation, focus, mental imagery, selfconfidence) in teenagers and confidence in adults and between psychological characteristics in three age category of Karateka and elite Kumite. Also the main obtained characteristics can be considered in the process of Talent identification of directors, officers and planners.
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Author(s): Mahshad Nahid and Heidar Sadeghi
Psychological Characteristics, Mental, Karate, Female, Physiological