THE STRESS AND EMOTIONS EXPERIENCED BY BATSMEN IN CRICKET, BEFORE AND DURING AN INNINGS
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the stressors, appraisals, subsequent emotional responses, and coping strategies employed by batsmen in cricket, at a number of different stages throughout a competitive innings. A qualitative research design was adopted in the form of semi-structured interviews with five university standard cricketers who regularly bat in the top 6 of the batting order. This method enabled the researcher to obtain in depth information about the experience of stress and emotions during an innings. Following an inductive and deductive data analysis, a total of 54 stressors were identified, which were then organised into six emergent themes. Findings of the study display how the batsman experiences the entire stress process in response to each stressor, and how they attempt to cope with each stressful experience. Results of this study also found support for Lazarus’s (Lazarus, 1999) Cognitive-Motivational-Relational (CMR) Theory of emotions. The findings of this study can enable players, coaches, and practicing sports psychologists, to implement specific coping strategies, at specific times in an innings, in order to reduce feelings of stress, and therefore improve performance
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