We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham e-Theses
You are in:

The Understanding of “Rest” and its Effects upon Athletes’ Sport-Performance and General Well-Being

KAZMIER, ALEXANDER,WILLIAM (2020) The Understanding of “Rest” and its Effects upon Athletes’ Sport-Performance and General Well-Being. Unspecified thesis, Durham University.

PDF - Accepted Version



This thesis inductively builds a theoretical framework and understanding of athletes’ rest, pertaining to the perceived effects that it has upon their sporting performance and general well-being. Collectively, this thesis utilises a mixed methods design in order to comprehend the meanings and values that athletes have upon rest. The initial study utilised a grounded theory approach to explore athletes’ specific experiences of rest along with their personal perceptions of “what rest means to them”. For the second study a descriptive correlational quantitative design was used to identify significant differences in athletes’: use, frequency of use, and perceived effectiveness of resting techniques across a large and generalised sample. Additionally, significant differences were also sought found regarding athletes’ varying sport types and level of competition. The final study utilised a longitudinal qualitative content analysis design to examine the perceptual variances of athlete rest over the course of a competitive season. This thesis offers a conceptual model of rest that portrays the interplay between the: cessation of activity, perceptions of sport performance, and general well-being. Contributing to this model, concepts including: interaction, switching-off, adaptation, and sport specifications build upon the general understanding of rest as the cessation of activity. The dynamics of these relationships encompass the fluid variation on how rest can affect an individual’s sport performance and general well-being. Overall, this thesis is able to generate an initial conceptual model and understanding of athlete rest from a sport psychology perspective. As rest is not a concept that is studied directly or extensively in most academic disciplines, further investigation into rest across other domains is necessary in order to better understand its implications upon performance and well-being more generally.

Item Type:Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords:rest, recovery, burnout, deliberate practice, performance, well-being
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Sport and Exercise Sciences, Department of
Thesis Date:2020
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:06 Jul 2020 08:32

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitter