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A triangulation of findings of three studies investigating repeatable good performance in professional cricketers

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The primary purpose of this paper was to investigate the concept of "repeatable good performance" in professional cricketers. The manuscript reports the findings and triangulation of 3 separate studies using different participants within the same population. Participants' responses were subjected to either an inductive content analysis (study 1), the repertory grid technique (study 2), or a cultural consensus analysis (study 3) as means of data analyses. The triangulation of results suggested that both batters and bowlers in cricket reported similar core element antecedents before repeatable good performance occurred. The core antecedents were confirmed as: total self-confidence; optimal arousal levels; motivation and focus; and total mental preparation which included imagery, pre-match routines, and goal setting. These findings experimentally confirm the need for professional cricketers to use a repertoire of mental skills that have previously only been suggested via anecdotal evidence. The results may prove beneficial for cricketers, coaches, and sport psychology practitioners in their pursuit of consistent good performance. Future research will be required to establish repeatable good performance as a viable construct across different athletic populations or within other sports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-268
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Volume33
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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