The object of this thesis is to illustrate how the sports environment
engenders a 'normal-abnormal' approach to the classification of athlete
personality disposition. An athlete whose perceptions of self are in
conflict with the normative stereotype may feel that his identity as an
athlete is threatened, and respond to this threat with high levels of
both trait and state anxiety. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.