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Developing an Awareness of Emotion Management Strategies to Support Athlete Success

Peterson, Gretchen, PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 3–7
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000438
Sport Psychology Article
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ABSTRACT EMOTIONS ARE A REGULAR FEATURE OF OUR DAILY LIVES, INCLUDING THE LIVES OF ATHLETES. IT IS ALSO QUITE COMMON TO HAVE TO WORK TO MANAGE SOME OF OUR EMOTIONS. EMOTIONS THAT ARE NOT MANAGED CAN IMPACT ATHLETIC SUCCESS, SO IT BEHOOVES ATHLETES TO TRAIN TO DEAL WITH THE EMOTIONS THAT INEVITABLY ARISE DURING COMPETITION. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES CAN BENEFIT FROM UNDERSTANDING THE FACETS OF AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE AND SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES FOR MANAGING THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. THIS ARTICLE LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES TO USE RESEARCH FROM THE SOCIOLOGY OF EMOTIONS IN WORKING WITH ATHLETES.

Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Address correspondence to: Dr. Gretchen Peterson, gpterson@memphis.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Gretchen Peterson is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis.

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