The effects of rational and irrational coach team talks on the cognitive appraisal and achievement goal orientation of varsity football athletes

Evans, AL, Turner, MJ, Pickering, R and Powditch, R 2018, 'The effects of rational and irrational coach team talks on the cognitive appraisal and achievement goal orientation of varsity football athletes' , International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 13 (3) , pp. 431-438.

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Abstract

The effects of rational and irrational coach team talks on cognitive appraisal and achievement goal orientation were examined. During the half-time interval of a 60-minute football match, 25 male varsity football athletes (Mage = 20.20; SD ± 1.38 years) received a rational (n = 13) or an irrational (n = 12) team talk from a coach. Irrational and rational beliefs were measured before the football match. Task engagement, cognitive appraisal (challenge and threat), and achievement goal orientation (approach and avoidance) regarding second-half football performance were measured following team-talk delivery. Athletes in the rational team talk condition reported significantly lower threat appraisal and avoidance goal orientation than athletes in the irrational team talk condition. No significant between-condition differences emerged for challenge appraisal and approach goal orientation. For coaching practice, data suggest that communicating rational or irrational beliefs to football athletes through a half time team talk will influence appraisal and achievement goal orientation regarding upcoming performance.

Keywords
Rational emotive behaviour therapy, irrational beliefs, rational beliefs, appraisal, achievement goals

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2048-397X
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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 13:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46823

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