Recovery–stress imbalance in Australian Football League coaches: A pilot longitudinal study

Kellmann, Michael, Altfeld, Sebastian and Mallett, Clifford J (2015) Recovery–stress imbalance in Australian Football League coaches: A pilot longitudinal study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 14 3: 240-249. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2015.1020662

Author Kellmann, Michael
Altfeld, Sebastian
Mallett, Clifford J
Title Recovery–stress imbalance in Australian Football League coaches: A pilot longitudinal study
Journal name International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-251X
Publication date 2015-03-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1612197X.2015.1020662
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 240
End page 249
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis Inc.
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Coaching employment in high-performance sport is capricious and dependent upon winning performances and players’ satisfaction. These internal and external pressures to perform successfully throughout the season have the potential to create significant stress for coaches. Moreover, as the season progresses the accumulation of stress and the ability to engage in recovery means are likely to cause a negative recovery–stress balance. Participants of this study were six male full-time and paid coaches working for a professional Australian Football League (AFL) team. The coaches completed the general Recovery-Stress Questionnaire at eight time points during pre-season and throughout the competitive season. The data indicating stress levels did not increase over the competitive season but decreases in recovery scores were assessed. The two-week vacation had a positive influence on recovery for these coaches but it was short lived. There was a fluctuation of scores over the season. The head coach had a different recovery–stress profile compared with the assistant coaches. The study highlights the importance of recovery in managing recovery–stress balance in the challenging work environments of coaches. Due to conditions in the sport setting, individuals may not always be able to reduce their stress levels, and therefore improved recovery is required to deal with the demands of occupational stress.
Keyword Coaches
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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