Approbation of the Questionnaire of Imaginary Representations of Professional Activity of Athletes



The aim of this work was to develop and test the questionnaire of imaginary representations of the professional activity of athletes. We have developed a questionnaire of 100 questions, including 9 parameters (subscales). The questionnaire was tested on 399 sportsmen, 48.4% of which were candidates for the master of sports, master of sports or international class master of sports. The statistical analysis showed a good agreement of these parameters (subscales), which was 0,61—0,89. Characteristic features of image representations (IR) were revealed for representatives of different sports. The results showed that in dynamic sports under conditions of uncertainty athletes more often note the IR of temporal, spatial, informational, energetic aspects of the sports situation, as well as the game intellect. In solitarysports athletes more often talk about motivational-personal aspects of representation, in group sports — about the representation of the social environment, which is explained by the specifics inherent in solitary and group sports activities. It is also shown that in dynamic sports under given conditions "peaks" of the profile are noted on the representation of technical-tactical, energy components and motivational-personal aspects. In static sports technical-tactical and motivational-personal aspects of representation come to the fore. Thus, the questionnaire of imaginary representations of professional activity of athletes can be used as a tool for diagnostics of peculiarities of imaginary representations in athletes.

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Keywords: psychology of sports, figurative representations, typology of professional activity, systemic figurative representation, classification, types of sports activity

Journal rubric: Sports Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project number 19-78-10134.

Received: 19.04.2021


For citation: Leonov S.V., Polikanova I.S., Rasskazova E.I. Approbation of the Questionnaire of Imaginary Representations of Professional Activity of Athletes. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2022. Vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 195–215. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2022150413. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Sergey V. Leonov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Methodology of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina S. Polikanova, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Laboratory "Psychology of Professions and Conflict", Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena I. Rasskazova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Neuro- and Abnormal Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Senior Researcher,Mental Health Research Center, Senior Researcher, International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail: