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Assessing Football Coaches’ Stressors and Coping Mechanisms, During Competition, Using a Think Aloud Protocol.

Horan, E and Whitehead, AE (2020) Assessing Football Coaches’ Stressors and Coping Mechanisms, During Competition, Using a Think Aloud Protocol. Applied Coaching Research Journal, 6. ISSN 2516-3191

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine the stressors and coping mechanisms of football coaches of underage teams (u18s or below), during competition, utilising Think Aloud. Six coaches (Age: M=27.17, SD=8.82) participated, all of which held some form of coaching accreditation and coached for at least 6 hours per week (M=8.17 hours, SD=1.57). All participants were trained to use Think Aloud and all verbalisations were recorded. Data was transcribed and analysed for potential stressors or coping mechanisms. Stressors experienced during competition for football coaches were related back to player performance, opposition, officiating, coach performance, player welfare and organisation. Coping mechanisms used included problem, emotion, and avoidance focussed strategies. This study displayed that Think Aloud can be used as a measure of stressors and coping mechanisms in coaches. This study provides practical implications for coaches, in that coaches may consider the use of Think Aloud to gain an understanding of their current stress and coping responses and in turn improve their coping responses during competition specific situations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: UK Coaching
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 10:59
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 11:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13740

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