Sources of stress and coping strategies experienced by novice amateur boxers previous to competition
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to explore the sources of stress and coping strategies experienced by novice amateur boxers previous to competition, through qualitative investigation. Participants were six male amateur boxers all experiencing between 1-10 competitive fights and range between the ages of 18-31. Using a qualitative methodology, the participants were interviewed in a semi-structured format about their experiences during the arrival to the venue and the one hour period before competition. The hour before competition will be looked at every 15 minute stage including the entrance to the ring. The interview transcripts were both inductively and deductively analysed as a definition of the findings was formulated previous to the study, however, new information was gathered during the investigation. General stress dimensions reported across all stages included (a) performing poorly, (b) self-doubts, (c) Awareness of negative thoughts and feelings, (d) competitive anxiety, (e) Performance criticisms, and (f) Competitive environment demands. General coping dimensions across all stages were (a) Avoidance tactics (b) removing self from others (c) increase motivation levels (d) coach support and (e) blocking out significant others
CARDIFF SCHOOL OF SPORT DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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