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An exploration of the organisational stressors encountered by international disability footballers

Whittingham, J, BARKER, Jamie, SLATER, Matthew and Arnold, R (2020) An exploration of the organisational stressors encountered by international disability footballers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39 (3). pp. 239-247. ISSN 0264-0414

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Presently, disability athletes remain under-represented in organisational stressor research. Our study sought to bring novel insights to this area by determining the organisational stressors experienced by international disability footballers. Twelve current international disability footballers (10 male, 2 female) from a range of UK impairment squads took part in the study. Semi-structured interviews were completed with each participant, and data were analysed by content analysis procedures. Organisational stressors data were abstracted into Arnold, Wagstaff, Steadman, and Pratt’s (2017) concepts, and Arnold and Fletcher’s (2012) four general dimensions: leadership and personnel issues, cultural and team issues, logistical and environmental issues, and performance and personal issues, revealing a series of football specific nuances. Our study is the first exploration of the prevalence of organisational stressors within international disability football. Our study also provides practitioners with an understanding of the common and unique organisational stressors faced by international disability footballers. Finally, we suggest a series of practical recommendations for policy development within disability football organisations to aid athletes to effective manage organisational stressors.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Scienceson 02/09/2020, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: elite, para-athletes, Paralympic, performance, soccer, stress
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Matthew SLATER
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2022 11:01
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:03

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