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Development and Evaluation of a Team Building Intervention with a U.S. Collegiate Rugby Team: A Mixed Methods Approach
Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (2014)
  • Amber M Shipherd, Eastern Illinois University
  • Itay Basevich, Florida State University
  • Kelly Barcza Renner, Franklin University
  • Kamau Oginga Siwatu, Texas Tech University
Abstract
The researchers conducted a two-phase mixed methods study to identify team cohesion weaknesses in a collegiate rugby team and to determine if, and how, an innovative short-term sport psychology intervention could facilitate cohesion. A Performance Enhancement Consultant (PEC) spent the first 16 weeks of the season with a U.S. collegiate club rugby team collecting quantitative and qualitative data on team cohesion. Based on the initial findings, the researchers selected a challenge activity as an ideal way of addressing the team's multiple cohesion shortcomings in a single day workshop. Following the intervention, the PEC collected quantitative and qualitative data at two different times: approximately one week following the intervention and approximately ten weeks following the intervention. Data revealed significant immediate and long-term increases in team cohesion following the intervention. Additionally, athletes noted the intervention (a) provided them with effective techniques to utilize while performing together, and (b) utilized an innovative design.
Keywords
  • team cohesion,
  • rugby,
  • mixed methods,
  • college athletes
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Publication Date
Summer 2014
Publisher Statement
Available at http://www.jmrpublication.org/portals/jmr/Issues/JMR6-2.pdf
Citation Information
Amber M Shipherd, Itay Basevich, Kelly Barcza Renner and Kamau Oginga Siwatu. "Development and Evaluation of a Team Building Intervention with a U.S. Collegiate Rugby Team: A Mixed Methods Approach" Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Vol. 6 Iss. 2 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amber_shipherd/1/