Hardiness and coping as a function of player roles in rugby union
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of additional specific playing roles in rugby union on hardiness levels and coping strategies. The roles used in this study were identified through the opinion of four rugby union coach of different levels and with different experiences in coaching. These roles consist of captain, pack-leader, and kicker, as all coaches described these roles to be influential in the respect that players with these roles should have the ability to change the mental perception of a situation with one act, decision, or comment, even in the face of adversity. As a result of their resilience to pressure, fear, confrontation, and other stressful situations this could motivate and ignite positive reactions from teammates. Fifty five male rugby union players of current playing standard varying from recreational to national representation completed the Dispositional Resilience Scale and a modified COPE questionnaire. Findings supported the hypothesis that individuals with additional specific roles demonstrated a significantly higher level of hardiness, commitment, and control, and higher levels of challenge than their counterpart who dismiss additional specific roles. Coping analyses then revealed individuals with additional specific roles to have significant interactions for planning, as well as interaction for both active coping and increased effort during stressful competitive situations, and viewed this use as more effective in dealing with these situations. Further coping analysis revealed however, individuals without additional specific roles to have significant interactions for denial, as well as interactions for humour, behavioural disengagement, and venting of emotions, and viewed this use as more effective coping strategies. These findings identify hardiness as an important personality construct within a sport specific situation, and may have important implications for the development of hardiness-related training to increase positive coping strategies in sport performers.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
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