The Experience of Competition Stress and Emotions in Cricket

in The Sport Psychologist

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Rich NeilCardiff Metropolitan University

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The purpose of the study was to conduct an in-depth examination of the stress and emotion process experienced by three sub-elite-level male cricketers over a series of five competitive performances. Using reflective diaries and follow-up semistructured interviews, the findings highlighted the impact of appraisal, coping, and emotion on performance, with perceptions of control and self-confidence emerging as variables that can influence the emotive and behavioral outcomes of a stressful transaction. Postperformance, guided athlete reflection was advanced as a valuable tool in the production and application of idiographic coping behaviors that could enhance perceptions of control and self-confidence and influence stress and emotion processes.

Neil and Bowles are with the Cardiff School of Sport, and Fleming and Hanton are with the Department of Research & Enterprise Services, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK.

Address author correspondence to Rich Neil at rneil@cardiffmet.ac.uk.
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