A phenomenological exploration of coping responses associated with choking in sport

Hill, Denise M. and Hemmings, Brian (2015) A phenomenological exploration of coping responses associated with choking in sport. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7 (4). pp. 521-538. ISSN 2159-676X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2014.981573


The likelihood of choking in sport is moderated by the athlete’s choice of coping strategy. Yet a lack of consensus exists with regards to which strategies encourage or prevent the choke. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to explore, through qualitative methods, the coping responses perceived to be associated with choking episodes. Semi-structured interviews were completed with six elite golfers who had experienced both choking and clutch performances under pressure. It was revealed that avoidance coping strategies (e.g. rushing and denial) were considered to precede and/or accompany their choking episodes, whilst approach coping strategies (e.g. pre- and post-shot routines, cognitive restructuring and simulated practice) were associated with their clutch performances. Such findings are discussed within the context of the extant choking literature, and used to inform recommendations for practitioners working with choking-susceptible performers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 600 Technology > 612 Human physiology
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: 19 Feb 2016 14:21
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 14:21
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/982


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