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|Title: ||Understanding team resilience in the world's best athletes: a case study of a rugby union World Cup winning team|
|Authors: ||Morgan, Paul B.C.|
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||© Elsevier|
|Citation: ||MORGAN, P.B.C., FLETCHER, D. and SARKAR, M., 2015. Understanding team resilience in the world's best athletes: a case study of a rugby union World Cup winning team. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16 (1), pp. 91 - 100.|
|Abstract: ||Objective: Although team resilience research has identified the characteristics of elite sport teams that
positively adapt to adversity, further research is required to understand how resilient teams function. The
objective of this study, therefore, was to explore the psychosocial processes underpinning team resilience
in elite sport.
Design: Narrative inquiry was employed to better understand team resilience.
Method: The sample consisted of eight members of the 2003 England rugby union World Cup winning
team. The autobiographies of these team members were analyzed using three types of narrative analyzes:
holistic-content analysis, holistic-form analysis, and categorical-form analysis.
Results: Findings revealed five main psychosocial processes underpinning team resilience: transformational
leadership, shared team leadership, team learning, social identity, and positive emotions. An
examination of narrative structure within the autobiographies revealed a progressive narrative form
characterized by a collective positive evaluation of setbacks.
Conclusions: This study extends previous team resilience research by going beyond the identification of
resilient characteristics to explaining underpinning psychosocial processes. The team resilience processes
are discussed in relation to previous research findings and in terms of their implications for
practising sport psychologists. It is anticipated that this study will provide practitioners with a framework
to develop team resilience at the highest levels of sport.|
|Description: ||This is the accepted version of a paper subsequently published in the journal, Psychology of Sport and Exercise [© Elsevier Ltd]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.08.007|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.08.007|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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