Hardiness and Competitive Anxiety Symptom Interpretation: A Qualitative Examination
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The purpose of this study was to examine how andwhy elite high hardy athletes can interpret competitive anxiety symptoms as facilitative when faced with a stressful situation. Qualitative interviews examined five elite high hardy athletes underlying mechanisms of their facilitative interpretations of anxiety symptoms. Findings suggest that participants initially responded to a stressful situation by increasing their competitive anxiety symptoms. This response triggers six transforming strategies: social support' reflection on previous performances, implementation of external strategies' rationalisation, implementation of psychological skills and adopting a realistic approach' These strategies allowed the participants to transform their anxiety symptoms into a perceived state of mental and physical readiness which subsequently' led to increased effort and sense of control. The outcome of which meant participants reported facilitative interpretations of anxiety symptoms. The findings emphasize that elite high hardy athlete's transformed the stressful situation into something more meaningful and therefore, interpret symptoms as facilitative.
MSc (Hons) Sport Psychology
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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