Coaches perceptions of the components and development of mental toughness within male cricket academy players.

Yardy, Michael (2017) Coaches perceptions of the components and development of mental toughness within male cricket academy players. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

A considerable amount of research studies have explored coach’s perceptions of mental toughness at elite level, but little amount has been researched at academy level. This study therefore aims to explore eight county cricket academy coach’s perceptions of mental toughness and how they developed it with academy players. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the coaches, and analysis of the transcripts revealed five higher order themes of mental toughness, inner drive, resilience, competitiveness, decision making under pressure and self-confidence. The development was separated into two areas; life experiences (parents, schooling and different environments), and cricket experiences (putting players out of their comfort zone, giving support and raising awareness/expectation). The results were in line with previous research of attributes of mental toughness and the development of mental toughness, however, coaches emphasised the importance of mental toughness being developed away from the sport. Therefore, future research may consider information on how to help parents develop mental toughness within their talented son or daughter.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: Bsc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 13:33
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 13:33
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3093

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