“You really could be something quite special”: A qualitative exploration of athletes' experiences of being inspired in sport

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/613043
Title:
“You really could be something quite special”: A qualitative exploration of athletes' experiences of being inspired in sport
Authors:
Figgins, Sean G. ( 0000-0002-0381-6713 ) ; Smith, Matthew J.; Greenlees, Iain A.; Knight, Camilla J.; Sellars, Christopher ( 0000-0002-2574-8758 )
Abstract:
Objectives: The purpose of this research was to provide an explicit examination of inspiration in sport. In Study 1, we explored (a) what inspires athletes in sport, and (b) the consequences of being inspired. The aims of Study 2 were to explore (a) the contexts in which leaders inspired athletes, (b) leader behaviours and actions that inspire athletes, and (c) the consequences of being inspired by leaders. Design: Two qualitative descriptive studies were conducted in order to explore athletes' experiences of being inspired. Method: In Study 1, 95 athletes wrote about an experience of being inspired in sport. Study 2 utilised semi-structured interviews to explore 17 athletes' experiences of being inspired by leadership. Data were analysed via inductive thematic analysis. Results: In Study 1, athletes' responses revealed three sources of inspiration: personal performance, accomplishments, and thoughts; role models; and leadership. Findings from Study 2 indicated that athletes were inspired by a range of leadership behaviours (e.g., demonstrations of belief) in a variety of, mainly negative, situations (e.g., following poor performance). Broadly, findings from both studies revealed inspiration to impact on athletes' awareness of their capabilities, confidence, motivation, and behaviour. Conclusions: Overall, the findings indicate that an experience of inspiration can be evoked by a range of sources (most prominently leadership) and can have a powerful effect on athletes and their performance. Further research is required to understand how and why leaders can exert an inspirational impact on athletes.
Citation:
“You really could be something quite special”: A qualitative exploration of athletes' experiences of being inspired in sport 2016, 24:82 Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Volume 24, May 2016, Pages 82–91
Issue Date:
May-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/613043
DOI:
10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.01.011
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1469029216300115
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1469-0292
Appears in Collections:
Sport Performance

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dc.contributor.authorFiggins, Sean G.en
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Matthew J.en
dc.contributor.authorGreenlees, Iain A.en
dc.contributor.authorKnight, Camilla J.en
dc.contributor.authorSellars, Christopheren
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T11:00:45Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-14T11:00:45Zen
dc.date.issued2016-05en
dc.identifier.citation“You really could be something quite special”: A qualitative exploration of athletes' experiences of being inspired in sport 2016, 24:82 Psychology of Sport and Exerciseen
dc.identifier.issn1469-0292en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.01.011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/613043en
dc.description.abstractObjectives: The purpose of this research was to provide an explicit examination of inspiration in sport. In Study 1, we explored (a) what inspires athletes in sport, and (b) the consequences of being inspired. The aims of Study 2 were to explore (a) the contexts in which leaders inspired athletes, (b) leader behaviours and actions that inspire athletes, and (c) the consequences of being inspired by leaders. Design: Two qualitative descriptive studies were conducted in order to explore athletes' experiences of being inspired. Method: In Study 1, 95 athletes wrote about an experience of being inspired in sport. Study 2 utilised semi-structured interviews to explore 17 athletes' experiences of being inspired by leadership. Data were analysed via inductive thematic analysis. Results: In Study 1, athletes' responses revealed three sources of inspiration: personal performance, accomplishments, and thoughts; role models; and leadership. Findings from Study 2 indicated that athletes were inspired by a range of leadership behaviours (e.g., demonstrations of belief) in a variety of, mainly negative, situations (e.g., following poor performance). Broadly, findings from both studies revealed inspiration to impact on athletes' awareness of their capabilities, confidence, motivation, and behaviour. Conclusions: Overall, the findings indicate that an experience of inspiration can be evoked by a range of sources (most prominently leadership) and can have a powerful effect on athletes and their performance. Further research is required to understand how and why leaders can exert an inspirational impact on athletes.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1469029216300115en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Psychology of Sport and Exerciseen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectInspirationen
dc.subjectAwarenessen
dc.subjectLeadershipen
dc.subjectQualitative descriptionen
dc.subjectEvocationen
dc.subjectRole modelsen
dc.title“You really could be something quite special”: A qualitative exploration of athletes' experiences of being inspired in sporten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalPsychology of Sport and Exercise, Volume 24, May 2016, Pages 82–91en
dc.date.accepted2016-01en
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