THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF HARDY RELATED STRATEGIES IN SPORT PERFORMERS
Vale, James Rhys
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The purpose of the study was to examine the use and development of hardy related strategies in sports performers. The study employed a qualitative design in order to gain novel insights into the use and development of strategies utilised by „hardy‟ performers. Participants [n=7] completed the Dispositional Resilience Scale (DRS) in order to indentify those performers high in hardiness. Performers high in hardiness were then selected to participate in an additional interview process. Perceptions of the athletes early and disruptive experiences in sport were referred to in order to gain an understanding into the development of hardy related strategies used by the sports performers. Findings revealed the importance for the performer‟s to possess attitudes of commitment, control and challenge. Hardiness was also associated with the effective usage of „problem focused‟ coping strategies during challenging, and stressful situations in sport. Specifically, the findings highlight the importance of hardiness training. Finally, it was evident that resilient performers can influence others behaviour and subsequently, observational learning may take place. These findings have important implications for the development of hardy related coping strategies in sports performers, including the use of hardiness training, the influence of resilient performers on others behaviour, and the potential for observational learning to occur in sport.
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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