The purpose of this study was to analyze the psychological variables namely sports competition anxiety, achievement motivation and overall playing ability among women basketball players. To achieve this purpose of the study, forty eight women basketball players who have represented the qualifying teams namely University of Madras, Chennai, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kannur University, Kannur and SRM University, Chennai in the South Zone Inter University Basketball Tournament held at Dr. NTR Health University, Vijayawada Campus during the academic year 2013-2014 were randomly selected as subjects. The age of the subjects were ranged between 18 to 25 years. The selected variables were measured by Rainer Martenâ€™s Sports Competition Anxiety Test Questionnaire and M.L. Kamleshâ€™s Achievement Motivation Test Questionnaire respectively were measured in points. To determine the relationship between dependent variable and independent variables, the one way analysis of variance was used to find out the significant differences, if any, among the qualified teams in the South Zone Inter University Women Basketball Tournament for each criterion variable separately. The results of the study showed that there was a significant relationship between playing ability & sports competition anxiety and playing ability & achievement motivation of the qualifying teams in South Zone Inter University Basketball tournament
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