No Cover Image

Journal article 133 views 13 downloads

A longitudinal interpretative phenomenological analysis study of athletes' lived experiences in elite disc golf competitions

Runar Furre Orcid Logo, B. T. Johansen Orcid Logo, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo, A. D. Mosewich Orcid Logo, B. E. Solstad Orcid Logo

Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Volume: 34, Issue: 1

Swansea University Author: Camilla Knight Orcid Logo

  • 65384.VOR.pdf

    PDF | Version of Record

    This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © 2024 The Authors.

    Download (370.15KB)

Check full text

DOI (Published version): 10.1111/sms.14556

Abstract

Gaining the inside perspective of an elite athlete throughout the competitive season provides a unique approach to understand the lived experience during multiple competitive events. The purpose of the present study was to investigate how elite disc golf athletes perceive and interpret their experie...

Full description

Published in: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
ISSN: 0905-7188 1600-0838
Published: Wiley 2024
Online Access: Check full text

URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65384
Tags: Add Tag
No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!
Abstract: Gaining the inside perspective of an elite athlete throughout the competitive season provides a unique approach to understand the lived experience during multiple competitive events. The purpose of the present study was to investigate how elite disc golf athletes perceive and interpret their experiences of performing during various training and competitive events over the course of an elite disc golf season. Two elite disc golf athletes, one man and one woman, were recruited using homogeneous purposive sampling. The participants were interviewed three times and observed during three competitive events, as well as before and after a training session. A longitudinal interpretative phenomenological analysis (LIPA) was adopted to capture temporal and dynamic changes of the participants' lived experiences. The findings illustrated the athletes' personal experiences of performing during competitive disc golf events, with both athletes' experiences of competition changing during the season. Their competitive experiences appear to relate to the meaning disc golf has for the athletes, which in this study had both an experiential and existential level of meaning over time. Such a finding illustrates the importance of honoring athletes' unique experiences in making sense of their performances during an elite disc golf season. Taking the time to understand athletes' perceptions of their personal experiences appear important in attempting to understand their sense-making of their hot cognition before, during, and after competitions.
Keywords: cognitive, competition, elite, emotional, international, sense-making
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: The authors would like to warmly thank the athletes involved in this study and the Norwegian Federation of American Sports for their valuable contribution. This research study did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Issue: 1