Sources of organizational stress in junior elite rugby union players
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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The purpose of this study was to extend current research investigating organizational stress in elite sport. Six elite junior Under 19 age group rugby union players were interviewed to establish potential sources of stress as they prepared for and competed in a World Cup competition. The analysis was carried out by using the qualitative technique of interview in order to understand the intricate issues of the stressors experienced- The results are presented in the form of hierarchical trees in order to illustrate the array of issues involved. To convey the intricate nature of the issues illustrated direct quotes will be used to give a more in-depth description. Four main categories were examined with environmental issues investigated in two parts, namely as the team prepared for the tournament in the U.K and at the tournament in South Africa- The other categories were personal issues, team issues and leadership issues' The main environmental issues that transpired in the UK were demographics of training facility, training facility,training environment and tournament selection. The main personal issues were injury and sickness, goals and expectations and team-mates and family. The main team issues were team atmosphere, roles, support network and communication. The main leadership issues were coaches and coaching styles. The findings are generally consistent with Woodman and Hardy's (2001a) theoretical framework of organizational stress in sport. The findings are examined in relation to previous research and the implications they have on the organisation in question.
MSc Coaching Science
- Masters Degrees (Sport)