Exploring the Nature of Interpersonal Influence in Elite Individual Sport Teams

Blair Evans, Mark Eys, Svenja Wolf

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The purpose of this study was to investigate teammate interpersonal influence in individual sport. Fourteen elite individual sport athletes (i.e., 6 mid- to long-distance runners, 6 cross country skiers, 1 mountain biker, and 1 wrestler) participated in semi-structured qualitative interviews exploring their sport experiences with teammates. Athletes suggested that teammates were a primary source of motivation, social facilitation, social comparisons, and teamwork. Athletes also described how concepts such as cohesion and competitiveness acted as determinants of interpersonal influence. Group experiences are influential for individual sport athletes, and the management of group processes is an important concern for coaches and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-462
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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