Psychological Demands Experienced by Recreational Endurance Athletes

McCormick, Alister and Meijen, Carla and Marcora, Samuele Maria (2016) Psychological Demands Experienced by Recreational Endurance Athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, . ISSN 1612-197X. E-ISSN 1557-251X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2016.1256341) (Full text available)

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify psychological demands that are commonly experienced by endurance athletes so that these demands could inform the design of performance-enhancement psychological interventions for endurance athletes. Focus group interviews were conducted with 30 recreational endurance athletes of various sports (running, cycling, and triathlon), distances, and competitive levels to explore the psychological demands of training, competition preparation, and competition participation. An inductive thematic analysis was used to identify psychological demands that were experienced across sports, distances, and competitive levels. Seven themes captured demands that were commonly experienced away from the competitive environment (time investment and lifestyle sacrifices, commitment to training sessions, concerns about optimising training, and exercise sensations during training), preceding an endurance event (pre-event stressors), or during an event (exercise sensations, optimising pacing, and remaining focused despite adversity). Interventions that could be delivered to recreational athletes, who do not typically have access to a sport psychologist, are suggested. Experimental research examining the efficacy of interventions that help endurance athletes to cope with the reported psychological demands is encouraged.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: cycling, focus groups, qualitative research, running, stressors, triathlon
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Carla Meijen
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 17:02 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 00:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58384 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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