This paper investigates how boxers play mind games to affect their opponent's confidence during the three pre-bout periods of weigh-in, warm-up and ring entrance. Perspectives from four senior male amateur boxers at three boxing gyms in the Greater Manchester region were examined using semi-structured interviews; transcribed verbatim and data coded thematically. It was found that amateurs imitated professional boxers, with the more experienced amateurs adopting a broader range of mind games. This indicated that a form of behaviour modelling may evolve with growing experience in the sport.
|Journal||Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies|
|Early online date||31 Dec 2016|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 31 Dec 2016|
- combat psychology
- behaviour modelling
Rushton, W., & Greenough, K. (2016). Mind games in amateur boxing. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 10(1), 113-126. https://www.academia.edu/30978096/Wilson_Rushton_and_Kenny_Greenough_2016_Mind_games_in_amateur_boxing._Journal_of_Qualitative_Research_in_Sports_Studies_10_1_113-126