Keywords : Psychology skills training
Strategies And Psychological Skills Training Experience In Malaysia National Rugby Team During The Asia Rugby Championship
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 6035-6040
The purpose of this study is to examine the application, experiences, and perceptions of the psychological skills training (PST) among Malaysian national rugby 15’s players during the Asian Rugby Championship (ARC). In this study the mixed method research design (Exploratory Sequential Mix-Method) using questionnaire (quantitative) and interview (qualitative) methods were employed. Firstly, the Test of Performance Strategies (TOPS) questionnaire was administered with all 25 players. Using the MANOVA statistical analysis the study findings showed that there were only significant differences in the two aspects of strategy namely automacity and goal setting (p <0.017) out of nine psychological performance strategies during the ARC 2018. In terms of psychological strategy based on player position and experience, there were significant differences only in each aspect of the strategy encompasses goal setting and automacity only (p <0.017). Secondly, semi structured interviews were conducted with 10 key players, the results indicated that 70 percent of players were unable to provide accurate information on the use of psychological strategies during competition. There is some inconsistency comparing both quantitative and qualitative data. The implications of this combined analysis indicate that there is no difference in the use of sports psychology strategies overall or in terms of player position and experience. Malaysia rugby players’ also have limited experience on comprehensive psychological skill training due to lack of consistent psychological skills training. In conclusion, Malaysian rugby players were in need of specialized training in sports psychology with prolonged and assimilated to training periodization program to enhance understand and training efficiency.