This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

Coping in Sport

Coping in sport

There are many well-documented instances where high-profile athletes have appeared to crumble under immense stress. One of the most famous examples was in golf at the 1999 British Open, played at Carnoustie, Scotland. Jean Van de Velde was leading the tournament by two shots, and needed to score six (a ‘double-bogey’), or better, on the last hole to claim the title. However, he ended up taking seven shots. This surprising climax followed four days of flawless golf from the Frenchman. This example demonstrates how stress can negatively impact sports performance. Further examples can be found in every sporting setting.

‘Coping’ describes how people manage life conditions that are evaluated as being stressful. That is, coping involves all behavioural and cognitive attempts ...

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