The sources of stress experienced by professional Australian footballers

Noblet, Andrew and Gifford, Sandra M. 2002, The sources of stress experienced by professional Australian footballers, Journal of applied sport psychology, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-13.

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Title The sources of stress experienced by professional Australian footballers
Author(s) Noblet, Andrew
Gifford, Sandra M.
Journal name Journal of applied sport psychology
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 1041-3200
1533-1571
Summary Previous studies looking at the sources of stress in sport have generally overlooked the unique experiences of professional athletes participating in team sports. This paper describes the results of a qualitative study aimed at identifying the sources of stress experienced by a cross-section of professional Australian footballers. Players from two Australian Football League clubs took part in the study involving in-depth, one-to-one interviews and focus group discussions. The results revealed that players identified sources of stress that went beyond those associated with the competitive event (such as poor performances) and included a lack of feedback, difficulty balancing football and study commitments, and job insecurity. The influence of both competition and non-competition sources of stress parallels previous research involving non-professional athletes and indicates that the entire sporting experience needs to be taken into account when developing stress management strategies.
Notes Online Publication Date: 01 March 2002
Language eng
Field of Research 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, by the Association for Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001519

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health Sciences
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