Sources of stress and coping strategies of British athletes at the 2002 Olympic winter games
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purposes of this study were to investigate the sources of sfress and coping strategies of British Athletes at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Sixteen athletes from 6 sports completed and returned a questionnaire specifically designed to explore stress sorrces and ways of coping, while also looking at the recent phenomena of sport psychology support. Seven general sources of stress were identified which included: management/ coaching staff (16.7%), illness and injury (16.7%), team mates (10%), expectations of self and others (13.3o/o), media (3.3%) and other (33.3%). The results showed that the athletes coped well with their sources of stress, and demonstrated a wide variety of coping strategies. However, similarities were found within the sports, the Curling team being able to cope more effectively. Those who coped well were more experienced, better prepared and had their coping strategies well learned. The majority of athletes received help to cope with their adversities, this was acquired inthe form of support from a sports psychologist, team mates, physiotherapist and coach. The questionnaires revealed that the athletes were not adequately prepared for the Olympics, and despite the participants putting great emphasis on sports psychology support, acoess, availability and provision of sports psychology could have been improved to meet the needs of the athletes.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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