Introduction: Researchers show persistent interest in mood responses among athletes and exercisers.
Mood profiling has often focused on antecedents and behavioural consequences associated
with the iceberg (Morgan, 1980) and inverse iceberg profiles (Terry, 1995). The iceberg
profile (high vigour, low tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion) is associated
with positive mental health and superior performance. The inverse iceberg profile
(low vigour, high tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion) is associated with
risk of psychopathology and used as a diagnostic criterion for overtraining syndrome.
Four novel and theoretically meaningful mood profiles, termed the inverse Everest,
shark fin, submerged, and surface profiles, were identified recently in the general
population (Parsons-Smith, Terry, & Machin, 2017). In the present study, we investigated
whether these six mood profiles are also evident in an athletic population.
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