Coping and resilience among endurance athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Harman, B., Dessart, G., Puke, L. and Philippe, R.A., 2022. Coping and resilience among endurance athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 811499. ISSN 1664-1078

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COVID-19 lockdowns constrained the training opportunities of athletes resulting in physical and mental hardship. In this study, athletes involved in the outdoor endurance sports of running, cycling or swimming were recruited through Facebook groups and using online mailing lists. The final sample (n = 3,551) consisted of 576 female respondents (16.2%), and 2,975 male respondents (83.8%). The mean age of participants was 44.13  years (min = 16, max = 83, and SD = 9.84). An online survey was designed to measure variables relevant to athletes’ mental health; resilience and emotion regulation strategies; mobility restrictions; training routines; personal involvement in endurance sports; age; gender; and country of residence. Overall, the results of our study indicate that during lockdown, decreases in training volume, lower lockdown-specific resilience, and holding more negative perceptions about lockdown mobility restrictions (perceived strictness) all contributed to perceived barriers to training. In the analysis, athletes’ relative observance of mobility restrictions was controlled for. Athletes exhibiting high personal commitment to their sports displayed: greater lockdown resilience, a greater use of adaptive coping strategies, and lower levels of perceived barriers to training.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Harman, B., Dessart, G., Puke, L. and Philippe, R.A.
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Date: 19 May 2022
Volume: 13
ISSN: 1664-1078
Rights: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Nov 2023 14:28
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 14:28

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