Coping with stressors in elite sport: a coach perspective

Richard Thelwell, Neil Weston, I. Greenlees, N. Hutchings

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The aim of the present study was to supplement previous work that identified the stressors experienced by coaches and examine the coping strategies that elite-level coaches employ to overcome stressors. Three elite coaches were interviewed and were required to identify three prominent stressors that they had experienced before discussing how they attempted to cope with them. The selected stressors included both performance and organizational types, and the associated coping attempts included strategies conforming to problem-, emotion-, avoidance-, appraisal-, and approach-focused dimensions. While specific forms of coping were identified, findings also highlighted that coping strategies were employed across performance and organizational stressors, rather than being employed for one or the other. Implications for future research opportunities within the area are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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