Importance Of Sport Psychology In Rugby

734 Words3 Pages
The International Rugby Board repealed the rules on amateurism after the 1995 Rugby World Cup and as a result rugby became a professional sport (Treasure et al., 2000). Shortly after the 1995 World Cup tournament, Cox and Yoo (1995) stated that success in professional sport is not SRlR SPER, 2006 (Submitted) Sport psychological skills in rugby only dependent on the physical and tactical aspects but that psychological skills also need to be addressed. As a result, Garraway et a]. (2000) pointed out that similar demands were placed on the rugby players' psychological skill levels, as has been the case in other professional sporting codes. Le Roux and Pienaar (2001) as well as Lyons (2001) further noted that sport psychology plays an important and ever-increasing role in the world of competitive sport. The importance of sport psychology is emphasized by the contention that the knowledge obtained by the study of an athletes' behaviour within a sporting environment could be used to explain, predict and change behaviour (Potgieter, 2003). The identification and development of sport…show more content…
In this regard Hodge and McKeniie (2002) found higher selfconfidence levels in more successful rugby players. Kruger (2003) showed that the top placed South African team in the 2003 Super 12 tournament scored significantly higher ) in goal setting hnental preparation, concentration, confidence and achievement motivation than the other SAJR SPER, 2006 (Submilied) Andrew, Grobbelaar & Porgieter three South Afiican teams. English international rugby league players were reported to show significantly higher

More about Importance Of Sport Psychology In Rugby

Open Document