Confidence-sourcing among amateur soccer players: interpreting time, place and stimulus-relevance

Miller, Paul K., George, Robert and Nicholson, Steven (2015) Confidence-sourcing among amateur soccer players: interpreting time, place and stimulus-relevance. Open Sports Sciences Journal, 8 . pp. 8-17.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1875399X01508010008

Abstract

Although confidence is one of the major contemporary concerns in the psychology of sporting performance, extant study has primarily been concerned with elite and/or individual sports, and a deductive framework has been dominant. Drawing upon the core techniques of Straussian Grounded Theory, the research reported in this paper inductively analyses detailed accounts of confidence-sourcing provided by N=14 seasoned participants in amateur soccer. Results reveal a number of (sometimes eclectic) features of the ways that these individuals interpret and organise their own confidence sources, not least those relating to highly variable temporal and socio-spatial frames within which a potential confidence source might be considered “relevant” or “useful.” These findings contrast significantly with others emanating from research in the elite domain and, it is contended, have direct practical implications for both physical educators and grassroots sport coaches.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Open Sports Sciences Journal
Publisher: Bentham Open
ISSN: 1875-399X
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Sports and Physical Activity > Sport
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 12:25
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 07:35
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1816

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