Sources of train among elite UK track athletes

Jane McKay, Ailsa G Nevin, David Lavallee, Alison White

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Following the theoretical framework of Lazarus and Folkman (1984), recently adapted to sport (Fletcher, Hanton, & Mellalieu, 2006), 12 elite UK track athletes (M age = 22.7; SD = 2.4 years) participated in semistructured interviews to identify sources of strain. Inductive content analysis identified 11 general dimensions of sources of strain from 664 meaning units, which were subsequently categorized into competitive, organizational, and personal domains. Several sources of strain (e.g., competitive concerns, pressure to perform) were consistent with previous research supporting the suggestion that a core group of stressors may be evident across sports although several sources of strain appeared to be more pertinent to track athletes (e.g., social evaluation and self-presentation concerns) highlighting the need to consider group differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-163
Number of pages20
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • track athletes
  • competitive concerns
  • pressure to perform
  • stressors
  • sport


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