An Exploratory examination into the effect of absence due to hypothetical injury on collective efficacy

Bob Grove, R.C. Eklund, G.C. Damato, Scott Cresswell

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    Abstract

    The effect of hypothetical injuries to pivotal and nonpivotal players on collective efficacy perceptions was studied in this exploratory investigation. A collective efficacy inventory was given to male soccer players (N = 194) from 12 semiprofessional teams, as well as a hypothetical scenario describing an injury to a pivotal or less pivotal player. Based on the PFA, the collective efficacy inventory was determined to have two factors: perseverance collective efficacy (PCE) and skills (physical) collective efficacy (SCE). Both PCE and SCE were subsequently analyzed to determine if the hypothesized loss of a player influenced such perceptions. Findings indicated that following the injury scenario, PCE perceptions only, significantly decreased following the loss of either player. PCE appears to be readily affected by player loss, whereas the results for SCE were more ambivalent. Future research, implications and limitations are discussed in detail.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)253-268
    JournalThe Sport Psychologist
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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