THE PERCEIVED ROLE OF ACTIVATION STATES AS A FUNCTION OF PERFORMANCE IN ELITE CRICKET
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This study qualitatively investigated the role of applicable activation states in the performance of elite professional cricket batsmen. Retrospective perceptions and causal beliefs regarding the activation states were examined in 4 elite cricket batsmen in relation to their performance. Semi-structured interviews, together with a follow up interview and a focus group were conducted to explore the participant’s use of their activation states. Data, analysed and displayed using casual networks, showed the idiosyncratic nature of the activation states. Results indicated that when the individual achieved an appropriate activation state then performance increased. Although the findings suggest that when an appropriate activation state is obtained cricket performance increases, it is important that practitioners become aware of the individual needs of the athlete and what skill and strategies they require and possess if they are to maximise their use in order to enhance performance.
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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