An investigation into the differences between sources of confidence and return to sport after injury
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this present study was to investigate the relationship between athletes’ sources of confidence and their return to sport from injury. Athletes were either currently injured or had, had a previous serious injury. Thirty two athletes were used for this present study (males, n=14 and females, n=18) that ranged from club level (n=3), regional level (n=13) and international level (n=16). Athletes completed six questionnaires, however, only the Trait Robustness of Sport Confidence Inventory (TROSCI; Beattie et al., 2011) and the Modified Sources of Sport Confidence Questionnaire (M-SSCQ; Magyar & Duda, 2009). Cronbach Alpha testing was used to assess the internal reliability of the TROSCI scores and to test the reliability across the nine sub-scales within the M-SSCQ. An independent T-Test was conducted for the 8 item TROSCI to examine the differences between gender and level of ability. Two one way ANOVA’s were conducted for the 43 item M-SSCQ to examine the differences between gender and level of ability in the sources of confidence between the groups. The results of the T-Test identified no significant differences between gender and general sport confidence (p<.), however, significant differences were identified between level of ability and general sport confidence. The results of the ANOVA’s identified no significant differences between gender and of sport confidence. No significant differences were also identified between level of ability and the sources of sport confidence. These findings suggest that further research needs to be conducted to further highlight the differences between the sources of confidence and the three stages of the injury process (onset, rehabilitation and return to sport). It also highlights the need for further research of a qualitative nature to help explain reasons why there are differences amongst the sources of confidence.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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