Development and Evaluation of a Team Building Intervention with a U.S. Collegiate Rugby Team: A Mixed Methods ApproachJournal of Multidisciplinary Research (2014)
AbstractThe 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.
- team cohesion,
- mixed methods,
- college athletes
Publication DateSummer 2014
Citation InformationAmber 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)
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