Anxiety, physical activity and public performance: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of amateur gymnasts’ competition experiences

Merritt, Lucy and Miller, Paul K. (2014) Anxiety, physical activity and public performance: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of amateur gymnasts’ competition experiences.

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Abstract

Individuals experiencing elevated levels of anxiety have, for some time, been of significant concern for healthcare researchers and practitioners. Physical activity is, meanwhile, often viewed as constructive for anxiety-release. When physical activity and its public performance merge, however, anxiety and anxiety-release can come into contradiction. In this paper, an interpretative phenomenological analysis of N=6 amateur gymnasts’ experiences of anxiety around public performance are explored, with a view to elucidating some psychological issues around practical, everyday performance-stress.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: 002 The Work, 158 Applied psychology, 304 Factors affecting social behavior
Members: University of Cumbria
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2014 00:27
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:05
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/8228

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