Arousal and behaviour of coaches during competition

Mowat, T. John (2004) Arousal and behaviour of coaches during competition. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This thesis investigated whether a relationship exists between the intracompetition psychological and psychophysiological arousal levels of basketball coaches and their behaviour during the match. Study one examined the relationship between coaches' behaviour and arousal level. Trait anxiety was measured at the commencement of the study, using the Sport Competition Anxiety Test (SCAT). Study 2 was designed to be more precise in the manner in which game situations were defined and measured, particularly with regard to specific events in the game that might be deemed stressful to the coach. The aim of Study 3 was to use the views and interpretation of individual coaches of their thoughts and behaviour about selected game situations to elucidate the patterns observed in Study 2.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords Coaches, Psychology, Coaching, competition, basketball, anxiety, stress
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