Studies show that personality types are important to success in competitive sports.

Do competitive sports attract a certain personality type?

According to the study, “Testosterone and Aggression: More Than Just Biology?” it claims that testosterone is connected to aggressive behaviours and people who are high on dominance and/or low on self-control. What this means is that individual personality traits play a role in how testosterone affects the brain and the types of people that compete in competitive sports.

So, do certain sports attract specific personality types? Unsurprisingly, more aggressive personality types are more likely to play aggressive sports. For example; Hockey, football, Rugby and MMA are all aggressive sports and athletes in these sports share similar personality traits in relation to dominance and/or self-control.

According to an article in the journal of psychological science called “The Role of Personality in Sport and Physical Activity”, it explains how certain personalities are more successful in sports. This means that at the highest level of sports, it takes a specific personality type to succeed. Specifically, the study found that athletes who were more conscientious or had low levels of neuroticism found higher success rates in sports. These traits are the same traits that require academic and occupational success.

Furthermore, when other members of a team share these characteristics, it often leads to team success. The study also found that older adults who participated in sports can experience personality changes and reinforce healthy behaviour even later in life. This means that personality plays a role in just how successful someone can be in sports, academics, and career success. If you didn’t have enough reasons to play sports already, there are vast amounts of research indicating just how beneficial it is to develop key personality traits that could help achieve goals, whether they are academic or career-oriented. Nevertheless, sport skills are life skills and can be key in personality development, regardless of age.