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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Coping in High-Risk Snow-Sports: A Qualitative Exploration of Alpine Racing and Freestyle Athletes’ Experiences
Authors: Kiemle-Gabbay, Laura
Lavallee, David
Contact Email: david.lavallee@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Kiemle-Gabbay L & Lavallee D (2017) Coping in High-Risk Snow-Sports: A Qualitative Exploration of Alpine Racing and Freestyle Athletes’ Experiences, Journal of Loss and Trauma, 22 (4), pp. 325-345.
Abstract: This study examines how semi-elite student snow-sport athletes utilise process and trait coping strategies to combat risk-taking, potential loss and trauma, and other stressors integral to their sport participation. Factors influencing coping strategy preference are also explored. Semi-structured interviews were used to explore ten participants’ experiences; the narratives were analysed using thematic analysis. Five master themes emerged from the analysis: Challenges to Overcome; Taking Action; Changing Perspectives; Staying in Control; and Underlying Influences. The findings highlight how participants’ develop and utilise preferred coping strategies, although the unpredictable nature of snow-sports can result in situation-specific process coping. Findings are discussed in relation to the differences between racing and freestyle disciplines.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2017.1284517
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