An Investigation In to the Stress Process and Relevant Coping Strategies Adopted by Hockey Players Before and During a Match Situation
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the stressors, appraisals, emotions, and coping strategies experienced and employed by hockey players, before and during a match. Data was collected through the medium of semi- structured interviews. 5 participants were used in order to gain sufficient data into hockey player’s experiences with stress. Following an inductive and deductive data analysis, a total of 42 stressors were identified, these stressors along with their associated subsequent processes, were apportioned into four distinct categories and discussed appropriately. Findings from this current study illustrate hockey player’s experiences with entire stress Results advocate support for the notion that stress should be viewed as a transactional process and suggest it is important that stress is assessed holistically in future research. The findings of this study can enable players, coaches, and practitioners alike to gain a further understanding of the stressors and subsequent responses at different times through a competitive hockey match.
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