Stress and coping: a study of world class coaches

OLUSOGA, P, BUTT, J, MAYNARD, I and HAYS, K (2010). Stress and coping: a study of world class coaches. Journal of applied sport psychology, 22 (3), 274-293.

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Abstract

This study explored coaches' responses to stress, the perceived effects of stress, and the coping strategies coaches employed. Transcribed interviews with 12 world class coaches, based in the UK, were inductively content analyzed. A range of themes emerged describing coaches' responses to stressors and the effects of stress. Specifically, coaches discussed psychological reactions, and suggested that their negative responses to stress could be projected onto their athletes. While structuring and planning was reported as a coping strategy, coaches described a limited use of psychological skills and tended to avoid stressors that provoked strain responses in efforts to manage stress. Results suggest that coaches should be aware of how they respond to stressors and the influence their responses might have on their athletes. Sport psychologists should help coaches to identify and develop the psychological skills and strategies required to cope with the demands of world class coaching.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Olusoga, Peter Butt, Joanne Maynard, Ian Hays, Kate
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: 10.1080/10413201003760968
Depositing User: Rachel Davison
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 10:40
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2010 10:40
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2560

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