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Coping under pressure : strategies for maintaining confidence amongst South African soccer coaches

Surujlal, Jhalukpreya and Nguyen, Sheila 2011, Coping under pressure : strategies for maintaining confidence amongst South African soccer coaches, Health SA Gesondheid : journal of interdisciplinary health sciences, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 1-7.

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Title Coping under pressure : strategies for maintaining confidence amongst South African soccer coaches
Author(s) Surujlal, Jhalukpreya
Nguyen, Sheila
Journal name Health SA Gesondheid : journal of interdisciplinary health sciences
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher Rand Afrikaans University
Place of publication Auklan, South Africa
Publication date 2011-02-23
ISSN 1025-9848
Summary Sport coaching can be a fulfilling and rewarding occupation, but can also be stressful because of the demands and expectations of various external factors. The complex and extraordinary demands placed on coaches, force them to perform multiple roles (e.g. educator, motivator, counsellor, adviser, trainer, manager and administrator). Soccer coaches face a number of challenges, frustrations, conflicts and tensions, the enormity of which is often underestimated. This notion is supported by the description of coaching as a perilous occupation in which coaches experience pressures like stress, conflict and tension, media pressure and intrusions into family life. This study explored the perceptions of South African soccer coaches in terms of the mechanisms they use to cope with potential stressors experienced in their jobs and employed a non-experimental design, using a quantitative approach, to assess stress and coping strategies of South African coaches. One hundred and twelve soccer coaches, coaching at the provincial level and higher, completed a questionnaire on stress and stress coping mechanisms used in their coaching jobs. Descriptive data analysis was completed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS – version 16). The sources of stress experienced and coping methods used by the coaches were evaluated. Results revealed that the top three sources of stress were a lack of resources, fixture backlog and games where the outcome is critical, whilst the lowest three sources of stress were political interference, physical assaults from players and substituting a player. Moreover, various coping strategies used by the coaches showed that an average of 5.68%, 5.14% and 89.78% of the sample used maladaptive coping, emotion management coping and problem management coping strategies respectively. Academic and practical implications of the study results are discussed.
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Language eng
Field of Research 150404 Sport and Leisure Management
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Rand Afrikaans University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034590

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