Mind games in amateur boxing

Rushton, Wilson and Greenough, Kenny (2016) Mind games in amateur boxing. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 10 (1). pp. 113-126. ISSN 1754-2375

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Abstract

This paper investigates how boxers play mind games to affect their opponent's confidence during the three pre-bout periods of weigh-in, warm-up and ring entrance. Perspectives from four senior male amateur boxers at three boxing gyms in the Greater Manchester region were examined using semi-structured interviews; transcribed verbatim and data coded thematically. It was found that amateurs imitated professional boxers, with the more experienced amateurs adopting a broader range of mind games. This indicated that a form of behaviour modelling may evolve with growing experience in the sport.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boxing; amateur; combat psychology; behaviour modelling
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 14:29
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9342

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