Crisis-related observations in competition: A case study in basketball

M. Bar-Eli, S. Sachs, G. Tenenbaum, J. S. Pie, B. Falk

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This study presents a unique observational approach to basketball, based on the theory of psychological performance crisis in competition. The approach used takes into account the responses of a player's actions to significant social factors such as team-mates, spectators, the coach and the referees. The contribution of this approach beyond traditional observational techniques is discussed. In our investigation, a single case design was used, in which a professional basketball player was observed during 10 home and 3 away games of the regular season. The relations between the observations and the crisis concept are discussed in detail. In addition, some relevant methodological and applied aspects are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-321
Number of pages9
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Observations
  • Psychological performance crisis
  • Single case, basketball


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