Perceived job control mediates the relationship between organisational stressors and athlete engagement in professional soccer players

Chris Wagstaff, Brendan Cropley, Stephen Mellalieu, Rich Neil, Ross Wadey

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    Abstract

    In order to compete effectively, elite sport organizations are
    dependent on athletes who are psychologically connected
    during training and competition, and who are willing, and
    able, to invest themselves fully despite the inherent demands
    of competitive sport. Specifically, sport organizations
    need athletes who are engaged with their work. Using a
    questionnaire-based cross sectional design, 401 professional
    soccer players from the United Kingdom completed
    measures of organizational stressors, perceived job control,
    and engagement. The data were analyed using Hayes’s PROCESS macro for SPSS, and showed organizational stressors to be predict athlete engagement. Further, this relationship was mediated by soccer players’ perceptions of control. The findings highlight the salience of autonomy and appraisal in the stress process and it’s potential contribution to athlete engagement in professional sporting organizations. Moreover, these findings indicate that interventions aimed at promoting athletes’ perceptions of autonomy may ameliorate the potential negative impact of organizational stressors on athlete engagement with their work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Annual Conference 2017 Orlando, FL October 18-21
    Subtitle of host publicationConference Abstracts
    Place of PublicationIndianapolis, IN
    PublisherAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology
    ISBN (Print)978-0-9855310-6-5
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017
    EventAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology 2017 Annual Conference - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 18 Oct 201721 Oct 2017
    Conference number: 32nd

    Conference

    ConferenceAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology 2017 Annual Conference
    Abbreviated titleAASP2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityOrlando
    Period18/10/1721/10/17

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