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Contextual factors influencing decision making: Perceptions of professional soccer players

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posted on 25.04.2018, 10:22 by Hannah R. Levi, Robin Jackson
Objectives: This study sought to explore highly-skilled soccer players’ perceptions of how contextual factors influence their decision making during matches. Design: A qualitative design was used in which individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight professional male soccer players aged between 18 and 22 years. Method: An interview schedule was designed to explore the perceived influence of a range of situational factors on decision making during matches. The interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were analysed via an inductive thematic analysis. Results: Seven themes were identified from the data. The four dynamic contextual themes were: (a) personal performance, (b) score status, (c) momentum, and (d) external/coach instructions. The three static contextual themes were: (a) match importance, (b) personal pressures, and (c) preparation. Conclusions: The results highlight the importance of considering the dynamic and static context within which highly-skilled soccer players make decisions.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Volume

37

Pages

19-25

Citation

LEVI, H.R. and JACKSON, R.C., 2018. Contextual factors influencing decision making: Perceptions of professional soccer players. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 37, pp.19-25.

Publisher

© Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.04.001

Acceptance date

06/04/2018

Publication date

2018-04-07

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

1469-0292

Language

en

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