Coping Behavior in Professional Sport: Phenomenology and Diagnostics



The high performance sport demands different mental skills, first of all, coping behavior skills. Main issue of research of coping behavior in psychology of sport and exercise is breadth of object of coping. Not only has athlete to cope with stress situation of trauma and recovery, failure experience or other difficulties, but also has to control his or her emotional state, which can vary from euphoria to anxiety, for it can affect his or her performance directly and indirectly. Consequently, issues of ability to handle stress, hardiness, self-control and emotion control are analyzed in this paper by reviewing coping behavior in sport. Current paper describes phenomenology and diagnostics in the field of athletes’ coping skills and is addressed to sport scientists and practicing psychologists.

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Keywords: anxiety, coping behavior, coping with adversity, high performance, methodology, physical activity, psychology of sport and exercise, questionnaires, sport, sport psychology, stress

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Bochaver K.A., Dovzhik L.M. Coping Behavior in Professional Sport: Phenomenology and Diagnostics [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1–18. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2016050101. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Konstantin A. Bochaver, PhD in Psychology, assistant professor at the psychology chair, head of sport psychology laboratory, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Lidiya M. Dovzhik, PhD in Psychology, Fellow Research, Sport Psychology Laboratory, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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