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dc.contributor.authorHartley, Chrisen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHaslam, S Alexanderen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCoffee, Peteen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRees, Timen_UK
dc.contributor.editorHaslam, S Aen_UK
dc.contributor.editorFransen, Ken_UK
dc.contributor.editorBoen, Fen_UK
dc.description.abstractFirst paragraph: Flick through any autobiography of a celebrated athlete and you will find that one of its key themes is social support. Certainly there will be discussions of training and tactics, distress and disappointment, guts and glory. But the backdrop to all this is likely to be the support the athlete received from key individuals and groups along the way. The mother who drove them to training every day in the middle of winter, the coach who instilled a sense of self-discipline and pride, the backroom team who always had a kind word when things hadn’t gone quite to plan. This is beautifully exemplified by a legendary yet bitter-sweet moment from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where hot-favourite sprinter Derek Redmond from the United Kingdom tore his hamstring during the 400 meters semi-final. His father, Jim, jumped the balustrades and pushed past event officials to help his son cross the line and finish the race. We hobbled over the finishing line with our arms round each other, just me and my dad, the man I’m really close to, who’s supported my athletics career since I was seven years old. (Bos, 2017) Accounts such as this are also often filled with heroic examples of athletes going ‘above and beyond’ to provide support to others in their team — even to the extent of making personal sacrifices for the ‘greater good’. Consider the 2012 Tour de France, when Chris Froome gave up his opportunity to secure personal victory, instead opting to help his teammate Bradley Wiggins secure the coveted maillot jaune. Clearly, the role of socially supportive others, across both sport and life more generally, cannot be understated. For this reason, social support plays a key role in optimal functioning across a range of performance contexts — not only in sport, but also in the workplace, at school, or at home (Fletcher & Sarkar, 2012; Freeman & Rees, 2009; Sarkar & Fletcher, 2014). Indeed, work by the fourth author and his colleagues highlighted how supportive families, coaches, and networks are key to the development of super-elite athletes (Rees et al., 2016).en_UK
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_UK
dc.relationHartley C, Haslam SA, Coffee P & Rees T (2020) Social Support. In: Haslam SA, Fransen K & Boen F (eds.) The New Psychology of Sport and Exercise: The Social Identity Approach. London: SAGE Publications, pp. 245-264.en_UK
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dc.titleSocial Supporten_UK
dc.typePart of book or chapter of booken_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[Hartley et al. (in press)_SS book chapter.pdf] Until this work is published there will be an embargo on the full text of this work.en_UK
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dc.citation.btitleThe New Psychology of Sport and Exercise: The Social Identity Approachen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Queenslanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBournemouth Universityen_UK
rioxxterms.typeBook chapteren_UK
local.rioxx.authorHartley, Chris|0000-0002-5531-4467en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHaslam, S Alexander|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCoffee, Pete|0000-0002-1055-0052en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRees, Tim|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.contributorHaslam, S A|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorFransen, K|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorBoen, F|en_UK
local.rioxx.filenameHartley et al. (in press)_SS book chapter.pdfen_UK
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