Exploring “Sledging” and Interpersonal Emotion-Regulation Strategies in Professional Cricket

Davis, Paul A., Davis, Louise, Wills, Samuel, Appleby, Ralph and Nieuwenhuys, Arne (2018) Exploring “Sledging” and Interpersonal Emotion-Regulation Strategies in Professional Cricket. The Sport Psychologist, 32 (2). pp. 136-145. ISSN 0888-4781

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2017-0078


The present study examines cricketers’ perceptions of emotional interactions between competitors. Semistructured interviews with 12 male professional cricketers explored experiences (i.e., emotions, cognitions, behaviors) relating to incidents during competition where they or an opponent attempted to evoke an emotional reaction (e.g., sledging). Cricketers described their use of sledging as aggressive actions and verbal interactions with the aim of disrupting concentration and altering the emotional states of opponents. They described experiencing a variety of emotions (e.g., anxiety, anger) in response to opponents’ attempts at interpersonal emotion regulation; linguistic analyses indicated that both positive than negative emotions were experienced. A range of strategies in response to competitors’ deliberate attempts at interpersonal emotion regulation were outlined. The present study extends previous research investigating interpersonal emotion regulation within teams by indicating that professional cricketers are aware of the impact of cognitions and emotions on performance and attempt to negatively influence these factors in competitors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coping, qualitative, aggression, elite
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 15:29
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 19:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39162

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