The Experience of Competition Stress and Emotions in Cricket

Rich Neil, Harry Bowles, Scott Fleming, Sheldon Hanton

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The purpose of the study was to conduct an in-depth examination of the stress and emotion process experienced by three sub-elite-level male cricketers over a series of five competitive performances. Using reflective diaries and follow-up semi structured interviews, the findings highlighted the impact of appraisal, coping, and emotion on performance, with perceptions of control and self-confidence emerging as variables that can influence the emotive and behavioural outcomes of a stressful transaction. Post performance, guided athlete reflection was advanced as a valuable tool in the production and application of idiographic coping behaviours that could enhance perceptions of control and self-confidence and influence stress and emotion processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-88
Number of pages13
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2016


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