Stress in elite sports coaching: identifying stressors

OLUSOGA, P., BUTT, J., HAYS, K. and MAYNARD, I. (2009). Stress in elite sports coaching: identifying stressors. Journal of applied sport psychology, 21 (4), 442-459.

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This paper presents the first in a series of studies exploring coaches' experiences of stress within the unique culture of world class sport. The purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth account of the stressors encountered by elite coaches in the United Kingdom. Six male and six female coaches with international experience were interviewed. Transcribed interviews were inductively content analyzed by three independent researchers. Ten higher-order themes emerged, demonstrating that coaches experienced a wide range of stressors (e.g., conflict, pressure and expectation, athlete concerns, competition preparation, isolation). Conflict within the organization emerged as a key theme, indicating that communication skills might be important in helping coaches function effectively as part of a wider organizational team. Findings also highlight the importance of psychological skills training for coaches to help them cope with the diverse demands of world class coaching.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
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Page Range: 442-459
Depositing User: Rachel Davison
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 14:01
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:00

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