Achievement despite adversity: a qualitative investigation of undrafted National Hockey League players

Herbison, J., Martin, L.J. and Sarkar, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8338-8500, 2019. Achievement despite adversity: a qualitative investigation of undrafted National Hockey League players. The Sport Psychologist, 33 (4), pp. 285-294. ISSN 0888-4781

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Abstract

Adversity is viewed as both an inevitable and important experience for elite athletes (Howells et al., 2017). The purpose of this study was to explore elite athletes’ perceptions of the experiences and characteristics that helped them to overcome a shared sport-specific adversity. Semi structured interviews were conducted with 12 professional athletes (Mage = 27.25; SD = 3.28 years) who had progressed to careers in the National Hockey League (NHL) despite not being selected in the annual Amateur Entry Draft. Participants discussed their long-term objectives of playing in the NHL, previous experiences with adversity, certain psychological characteristics that facilitated their progression (e.g., competitiveness, passion, confidence), and the significance of social support as key factors that helped them to overcome the initial and subsequent adversities associated with being unselected during the Amateur Entry Draft. Practical implications and proposed avenues for future research are discussed within the context of the study’s limitations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Sport Psychologist
Creators: Herbison, J., Martin, L.J. and Sarkar, M.
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date: 1 December 2019
Volume: 33
Number: 4
ISSN: 0888-4781
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1123/tsp.2018-0037DOI
921170Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 May 2019 07:48
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 11:39
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36639

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