Identifying Stressors and Coping Strategies of Elite Esports Competitors

Smith, M. J., Birch, P. D. J. and Bright, D. (2020) Identifying Stressors and Coping Strategies of Elite Esports Competitors. In: Research Anthology on Business Strategies, Health Factors, and Ethical Implications in Sports and eSports. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 895-914. ISBN 9781799877073

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Researchers have examined some of the psychological aspects of competing at a high level in esports. The present study aims to build on this literature by examining the various stressors faced and the associated coping strategies employed by seven esports competitors. The interviews were inductively analysed, and the findings illustrated a range of internal (e.g., communication issues, lack of shared team goals) and external (e.g., event audience, media interviews) stressors that the participants faced. Following this, the coping strategies used to deal with these stressors were deductively analysed. A number of emotion- (e.g., breathing, relaxation), problem- (e.g., intra-team communication after matches), and approach- (e.g., team camps, delegating roles) coping strategies were described by participants. Avoidance coping strategies were predominantly highlighted as being used during games. Results are considered in line with how applied practitioners might support players to develop strategies to deal with stressors, which might in turn lead to performance enhancements.

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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
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Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 08:53
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 08:53

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