'There’s no place to hide’: Exploring the stressors encountered by elite cricket captains

Matthew J. Smith, Rachel Arnold, Richard C. Thelwell

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This study aimed to enhance understanding of stressors that elite sporting captains face in their role. The autobiographies of 12 international cricket captains were sampled. Stressors relating to the captaincy role were identified, and following thematic analysis, seven general dimensions of stressors were recognized. These included multiple roles, team stressors, interactions with players, selection, interactions with other personnel, the media, and extreme situations. It appears that stressors are heightened due to a combination of playing and leadership responsibilities that captains experience. Findings are considered, including how they might be used to inform practitioners and coaches who work with captains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-170
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date4 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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  • Applied Psychology

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