THE INFLUENCE OF THE COACH ON ATHLETES’ USE OF SELF-TALK IN FEMALE FOOTBALLERS
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The purpose of the present study was to explore the influence of the coach on athletes’ (n=6) use of self-talk. Six female footballers representing UWIC as well as other Clubs (Cardiff City Ladies (n=2), Bristol Academy Women FC (n=1), Chelsea Ladies FC (n=1) and Wales Women Seniors (n=2)) participated in the study. Semi structured interviews were conducted individually with each participant to gain thick, rich qualitative data. Inductive cross-case analysis led to the categorisation of six themes: use of self-talk, reasons for using self-talk, criticism given by coach and effect on athlete, negative coach feedback and effect, praise or positive coach feedback and effect, and other factors that influence athletes’ use of self-talk. The results revealed that coaches’ criticism or negative feedback influence the athlete to use negative self-talk. Similarly, athletes reported using positive feedback after receiving praise and positive feedback from their coach.
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