Distinguishing psychological characteristics of expert cricket batsmen

Weissensteiner, Juanita R., Abernethy, Bruce, Farrow, Damian and Gross, John (2012) Distinguishing psychological characteristics of expert cricket batsmen. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 1: 74-79. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2011.07.003

Author Weissensteiner, Juanita R.
Abernethy, Bruce
Farrow, Damian
Gross, John
Title Distinguishing psychological characteristics of expert cricket batsmen
Journal name Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-2440
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2011.07.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 74
End page 79
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: This paper sought to determine the psychological characteristics and skills that are fundamental to batting success in the sport of cricket. Design and method: Following on from the findings of an earlier qualitative investigation which suggested that a favourable mix of psychological attributes and skills are critical to high performance in batting (Weissensteiner et al.10), adult-aged batsmen of two different skill levels (highly skilled n = 11; lesser skilled n = 10) completed a battery of psychological tests that included measures of mental toughness (Mental Toughness Inventory), perfectionism (Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale), coping ability (Athletic Coping Skills Inventory-28), and optimism (Attributional Styles Questionnaire). Results: Contrary to the research hypothesis, it was found that the highly skilled batsmen were only distinguishable from batsmen of lesser skill by their higher degree of global mental toughness. The skilled batsmen scored significantly higher on mental toughness dimensions relating to motivation (Personal Bests, Task Value and Commitment), coping skill (Perseverance) and self-belief (Potential). Conclusions: If mental toughness can be reliably predicted at an earlier age, it may be an attribute worthy of inclusion in future talent identification and development programs.
Keyword Psychology
Mental toughness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 5 August 2011

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