Author : Bedi, Sahilpreet
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 4969-4976
The purpose of present study was to compare the coping skills among the inter-college, inter-university and national level female softball players. A total three hundred and eighty five (N=385) softball players (87 inter-college level, 193 inter-university level and 105national level) were selected as subjects from various colleges, universities and states. The average age of players was 19.98±1.86 years. Coping skills of the softball players was
assessed with the help of Athletic Coping Skills Inventory-28 (ACSI-28), constructed by Smith et al. (1995). The results of One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) revealed significant differences on sub-variables of coping skill i.e.coping with adversity (p<0.05), coachability (p<0.05), concentration (p<0.05),confidence and achievement motivation(p<0.05), goal setting and mental preparation (p<0.05), peaking under pressure
(p<0.05) and freedom from worry (p<0.05) among the inter-college, inter-university and national level softball players. The post-hoc analysis showed that inter-college level softball players had significantly lower mean values on most of the sub-variables than inter-university and nationallevel softball players. Statistical significantly differences were reported in overall mean score of coping skills (p<0.05) among the players of different performance level. The post-hoc analysis revealed that inter-university and national level players were found to have significantly higher mean value on coping skills (p<0.05) as compared to inter-college level players. It is concluded that the players belonging to higher performance level reported higher scores on coping skills and its sub-variables.