Thinking Aloud. A qualitative analysis of stressors and coping responses in cricket bowlers during a competitive match

McGreary, Michael, Birch, Phil D. J., Eubank, Martin and Whitehead, Amy (2020) Thinking Aloud. A qualitative analysis of stressors and coping responses in cricket bowlers during a competitive match. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. pp. 1-18. ISSN 2159-6778

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Stressors and coping in cricket bowlers have yet to be explicitly examined. The present study aimed to investigate stressors and coping verbalisations of cricket bowlers during a competitive match using a Think Aloud (TA) method. TA provides access to a participant’s immediate short-term memory and overcomes limitations associated with retrospective methods such as recall bias and memory decay. Six semi-elite club level cricket bowlers were selected to verbalise their thoughts during a bowling spell in a real-life competitive match using TA. Verbalisations were recorded using an audio device and transcripts were thematically analysed to generate relevant stressors and coping themes. Findings indicated stressors and coping strategies varied throughout cricket bowling performance. Results also highlighted how stressors and coping responses represent a dynamic and recursive process and do not occur in isolation of one of another. Stressors were made up of organizational and competitive stressors and coping responses were coded using Lazarus and Folkman's (1984) classification of problem-focussed coping and emotion-focussed coping strategies. The findings from this study have extended previous literature by further understanding the stressors and coping responses of cricket bowlers by adopting a novel method of data collection, within an ecologically valid environment of real-life cricket competition. Applied implications and future research suggestions are discussed accordingly within the concluding remarks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitions, Competition, Concurrent Verbalisations, Think Aloud, Thought Processes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Phil Birch
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 10:29
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 10:48

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