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Performers' responses to stressors encountered in sport organisations

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posted on 06.10.2016, 11:45 authored by David Fletcher, Sheldon M. Hanton, Christopher R.D. Wagstaff
We investigated athletes' responses to organisational stressors. Ten sport performers (five males and five females) were interviewed with regard to the organisational-related demands they had encountered and their responses to these stressors. The main emotional responses that were revealed were anger, anxiety, disappointment, distress, happiness, hope, relief, reproach and resentment. The main attitudinal responses were beliefs, motivation and satisfaction. The main behavioural responses were categorised as verbal and physical. The data indicate that performers generally respond to organisational stressors with a wide range of emotions, attitudes and behaviours. The findings are discussed in relation to the extant literature and in terms of their implications for applied practice and future research. Consultants should employ reactive strategies alongside proactive approaches to ensure that performers are psychologically prepared to manage and cope with any demands that are not eliminated. Future research should focus on performers' cognitive appraisals of the organisational stressors they encounter.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sports Sciences

Volume

30

Pages

349 - 358

Citation

FLETCHER, D., HANTON, S. and WAGSTAFF, C., 2012. Performers' responses to stressors encountered in sport organisations. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (4), pp.349-358.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

Closed access.

ISSN

0264-0414

eISSN

1466-447X

Language

en