Stressors, coping, and coping effectiveness among professional rugby union players

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Nicholls, A, Holt, N, Polman, Remco and Bloomfield, Jonathan (2006) Stressors, coping, and coping effectiveness among professional rugby union players. The Sport Psychologist, 20 (3). pp. 314-329. ISSN 0888-4781


The overall purpose of this study was to examine stressors, coping strategies, and perceived coping effectiveness among professional rugby union players. Eight first class professional male rugby union players maintained diaries over a 28-day period. The diaries included a stressor checklist, an open-ended coping response section, and a Likert-type scale evaluation of coping effectiveness. Total reported stressors and coping strategies were tallied and analyzed longitudinally. The most frequently cited stressors were injury concerns, mental errors, and physical errors. The most frequently cited coping strategies were increased concentration, blocking, positive reappraisal, and being focused on the task. The most effective coping strategies were focusing on task and increasing effort. Professional rugby players use a variety of different coping strategies in order to manage the stressors they experience, but the effectiveness of their coping attempts can vary.

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Online ISSN: 1543-2793

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Keywords ResPubID22112. rugby union football players, footballers, stress, coping, mental training, adjustment, athletes
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