Author: Vicar Solomon
Supervisor: Ms. Tahira Mubashir
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research aimed to investigate relationship between mental toughness and competition stress among cricketers. It was hypothesized (a) there is negative relationship between mental toughness (rebound ability, ability to handle pressure, concentration, confidence and motivation) and competition stress (b) There is main effect of playing levels (NCA, National and International) and different playing positions (opener, middle order, all-rounder and bowler) on mental toughness and competition stress among cricketers and (c) There are interaction effects of playing levels (NCA, National and International) and different playing positions (opener, middle order, all-rounder and bowler) for mental toughness and competition stress among cricketers. Correlational research design was used. The sample comprised of (N = 60) National Cricket Academy (NCA) Cricketers, National and International Cricket Players. For assessment purposes, Mental Toughness Questionnaire (Goldberg, 2012) and Sports Competition Anxiety Test (1990) were used. Pearson Product-Moment Correlation and two way analysis of variance were performed to analyze the data. Results revealed that there was non- significant relationship between mental toughness and competition stress among cricketers. Results further showed that National players have higher level of rebound ability than that of international players. It was also revealed that middle order players and all-rounder’s have ability to handle pressure during match than that of openers and bowlers. This research would be helpful for Pakistan Cricket Board and National Cricket Academy to initiate mental toughness training programs for cricketers to enhance their performance by eliminating negativities in their minds and educational courses for academy players to improve players’ psychological abilities during field along with physical fitness.
Keywords: Mental Toughness, Competition Stress, Cricketers.
Visit University to get the full thesis.
Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 92-42-9231245