|dc.description||DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS)
SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study was to discover the effectiveness of coping strategies used
by professional and amateur rugby union players to deal with the most common
stressors experienced during performance, and to discover why identified strategies
were perceived to be effective or ineffective.
Professional (N=4) and amateur (N=4) rugby union players recorded stressful
experiences in a diary after three consecutive rugby matches before taking part in a
semi-structured interview to discuss stressors, coping and coping effectiveness in
greater depth. Coping effectiveness was measured using a Likert-type scale.
The main findings indicate that professional and amateur rugby union players
experience similar stressors and employ similar coping strategies, with professional
players using slightly more avoidance coping strategies. The professional
participants viewed the use of coping strategies as generally more effective than the
amateur participants. The most significant finding was that in instances where
different coping strategies were used to manage the same stressor the professional
participants perceived their coping usage as more effective. Upon analysing reasons
for coping effectiveness, the quality of the implementation of a coping strategy arose
as a possible affecting factor regarding coping effectiveness.
Further research into the variables that influence coping effectiveness is
necessary to improve the knowledge base for coaches and sports psychologists who
are planning interventions.||en_US
|dc.publisher||Cardiff Metropolitan University||en_US
|dc.title||STRESSORS, COPING AND COPING EFFECTIVENESS AMONG PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR RUGBY UNION PLAYERS DURING COMPETITION||en_US