Anxiety is a physiological response to the painful experience because both have a connection, the difficulty experienced and the anxiety to overcome it. The study aimed to analyze the characteristics of pre-competitive anxiety factors in the national team of Mozambique U16. The sample consisted of 12 athletes aged 14 - 16 years, of which 4 aged 16 and 8 aged 14 years. The instrument used was the “List of Stress and Pre-Competitive Symptoms (LSSPC) developed by Chagas (1995). The results showed moderate levels of pre-competitive anxiety in the six games played with an average sum of 56.92; In the six games played, the basketball players presented the valorization of the somatic anxiety with the following values: 59.16; 53.34; 59; 61.5; 56.17 and 55.4. The athletes valued somatic anxiety relatively in the six games with the following values: 3.71; 3.09; 3.82; 4.12;3.58 and 3.69. Basketball players participating in the 2017 African Under-16 Basketball Championship were dominated by moderate anxiety with a predominance of the somatic factor.
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