The Importance of Self-Confidence to a Batsman in Cricket.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to qualitatively examine to what extent elite cricket batsmen perceive confidence as a factor contributing to successful performance. The measurement of confidence was multidimensional in nature, looking at where performers source their confidence, how confidence changed over time and the effect of pre-performance routines on confidence. Semi-structured interviews were carried out on six elite male batsmen, collecting in-depth information about their confidence levels throughout the previous season. The findings from this study indicate mastery and demonstration of ability were the most salient sources of confidence. Pre-performance routines were found to have a significant influence on confidence levels, mainly allowing performers to be psychologically prepared for performance. Performers acknowledged the importance of confidence toward their own performance however did not attain the sufficient skills or knowledge to improve levels particularly during periods of poor form. Important implications were presented to the coach and sport psychologist to improve the effectiveness of intervention programs as well as direct performers through this stage
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
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