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Understanding team resilience in the world's best athletes: a case study of a rugby union World Cup winning team

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posted on 19.04.2016, 10:36 by Paul B.C. Morgan, David Fletcher, Mustafa Sarkar
Objective: Although team resilience research has identified the characteristics of elite sport teams that positively adapt to adversity, further research is required to understand how resilient teams function. The objective of this study, therefore, was to explore the psychosocial processes underpinning team resilience in elite sport. Design: Narrative inquiry was employed to better understand team resilience. Method: The sample consisted of eight members of the 2003 England rugby union World Cup winning team. The autobiographies of these team members were analyzed using three types of narrative analyzes: holistic-content analysis, holistic-form analysis, and categorical-form analysis. Results: Findings revealed five main psychosocial processes underpinning team resilience: transformational leadership, shared team leadership, team learning, social identity, and positive emotions. An examination of narrative structure within the autobiographies revealed a progressive narrative form characterized by a collective positive evaluation of setbacks. Conclusions: This study extends previous team resilience research by going beyond the identification of resilient characteristics to explaining underpinning psychosocial processes. The team resilience processes are discussed in relation to previous research findings and in terms of their implications for practising sport psychologists. It is anticipated that this study will provide practitioners with a framework to develop team resilience at the highest levels of sport.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE

Volume

16

Pages

91 - 100 (10)

Citation

MORGAN, P.B.C., FLETCHER, D. and SARKAR, M., 2015. Understanding team resilience in the world's best athletes: a case study of a rugby union World Cup winning team. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16 (1), pp. 91 - 100.

Publisher

© Elsevier

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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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

2015

Notes

This is the accepted version of a paper subsequently published in the journal, Psychology of Sport and Exercise [© Elsevier Ltd]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.08.007

ISSN

1469-0292

Language

en