A Qualitative Exploration of Substitutes' Experiences in Soccer

Woods, Bernadette and Thatcher, Joanna (2009) A Qualitative Exploration of Substitutes' Experiences in Soccer. The Sport Psychologist, 23 (4). pp. 451-469. ISSN 0888-4781

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The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative exploration of the substitute role in an attempt to uncover detailed understanding of soccer players’ experiences. Twenty soccer substitutes were individually interviewed. Inductive content analysis revealed that they experienced mainly negative organizational, person and competitive factors as substitutes, with fewer positive experiences. Organizational factors were: receiving short notice, segregation, poor coach communication, inactivity and restricted preparation. Person factors were: dissatisfaction with status, self-presentation and impression motivation concerns, reduced control over performance and coach’s decisions, reduced motivation to prepare, negative emotions and elevated state anxiety. Positive responses were: role acceptance, remaining focused, enthusiastic and confident and performing well. Sport psychologists, teammates and coaches should be aware of these experiences and how they can help substitutes cope with their role.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: First author is Bernadette Dancy (nee Woods).
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 11:13
Last Modified: 22 May 2012 11:16
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/153


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