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The quality of the coach-athlete relationship predicts objective performance in elite cricket

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the links between interpersonal aspects of coach-athlete relationship (CAR) quality and performance in elite cricket. Understanding how objective indicators of performance associate with interperson- al relationship aspects can provide new insights about the role and significance of the coach-athlete relationship. 25 male and 28 elite female cricketers completed questionnaires assessing CAR quality (closeness, commitment and complementari- ty) along with shot data for 28,215 balls faced across the 2021 county championship and in the Rachel-Heyhoe Flint trophy held in United Kingdom. It was found that CAR quality predicted cricket skill execution performance (middled%). This research is the first of its kind in providing an empirical link between CAR quali- ty and on-field performance in an elite environment, suggesting its importance in providing a potential physical competitive edge. This study opens new avenues for future research and should encourage more multidisciplinary research which brings together sport psychology and performance analysis.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Sport Psychology

Volume

54

Issue

1

Pages

32 - 47

Publisher

Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Sport Psychology and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.7352/IJSP.2023.54.032

Acceptance date

2022-11-21

Publication date

2023-02-28

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0047-0767

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Daniel Rhind. Deposit date: 9 June 2023

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