Hill, Denise M. and Hemmings, Brian (2015) A phenomenological exploration of coping responses associated with choking in sport. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7 (4). pp. 521-538. ISSN 2159-676X
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The likelihood of choking in sport is moderated by the athlete’s choice of coping strategy. Yet a lack of consensus exists with regards to which strategies encourage or prevent the choke. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to explore, through qualitative methods, the coping responses perceived to be associated with choking episodes. Semi-structured interviews were completed with six elite golfers who had experienced both choking and clutch performances under pressure. It was revealed that avoidance coping strategies (e.g. rushing and denial) were considered to precede and/or accompany their choking episodes, whilst approach coping strategies (e.g. pre- and post-shot routines, cognitive restructuring and simulated practice) were associated with their clutch performances. Such findings are discussed within the context of the extant choking literature, and used to inform recommendations for practitioners working with choking-susceptible performers.
|Additional Information:||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health on 8 August 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/2159676X.2014.981573|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Stress, Clutch, Paradoxical performance, Anxiety|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
|Divisions:||Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise|
|Research Priority Areas:||Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing|
|Depositing User:||Denise Hill|
|Date Deposited:||02 Apr 2015 13:38|
|Last Modified:||31 Oct 2016 12:31|