The purpose of this study is to analyze some superstitious behaviors perceived of student athletes in terms of different variables. A total of 83 athletes composed of 41 females and 42 males who engage in tennis voluntarily participated in the research. Average age of the participants is 21.3765 and standard deviation is 1.60339. Superstitious Behavior Inventory developed by H.G. Buhrmann and M.K. Zaugg (1981) and adapted into Turkish by Barut (2008) was used to determine superstitious behaviors of athletes. SPSS 18.0 package program was used for the analysis of data. Percentage, frequency, average, standard deviation values were applied for descriptive information, independent t-test for the comparison of different groups, one-way variance analysis (ANOVA) for the comparison of multiple groups and Tukey HSD post-hoc test for the occurrence of differences. Besides, correlation analysis was applied in order to determine the relation between the variables. The significance level was accepted as p<0.05 and 0.95 value was specified as confidence interval. Kruskal Wallis test was applied for the non-parametric groups not distributed homogenously. In conclusion, a significance level of p>0.05 wasn’t found between the superstitions and behaviors of university students engaging in tennis in line with the findings obtained. A significant level of p>0.05 wasn’t found between different variables and superstitions of student athletes; however, superstitions and behaviors of male athletes were found to be higher than female athletes.
Key Words: Sports, Tennis, Superstition and Behavior