Emotional Intelligence in Sport: Theoretical Linkages and Preliminary Empirical Relationships from Basketball

  • Con Stough
  • Mathilde Clements
  • Lena Wallish
  • Luke Downey
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

Recently there have been suggestions from within sports psychology (e.g., Meyer & Fletcher, 2007) that there are similarities in the use of psychological tools and programs in the corporate and sporting worlds. Therefore it is somewhat surprising that despite the growing body of research supporting emotional intelligence (EI) as an important tool for identifying superior performance levels within the workplace, it is yet to be the subject of rigorous research within other performance arenas such as the sporting environment. The aim of this chapter is to explore the potential relationship between EI and sport basis of their type of sport. The chapter starts with a discussion of earlier conceptions of emotions in sport, progresses to discuss the construct of EI and then provides some empirical data assessing the utility of at least one application of EI to the elite sporting arena. Throughout the chapter we propose theoretical linkages between EI and elite sporting variables that should be the focus of future empirical research.


Emotional Recognition Emotional Intelligence Basketball Player Emotional Control Emotional Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Con Stough
    • 1
  • Mathilde Clements
    • 2
  • Lena Wallish
    • 3
  • Luke Downey
    • 3
  1. 1.Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of TechnologyPO Box 218 Hawthorn VictoriaAustralia 3122
  2. 2.Mental Edge ConsultingHenley Beach 5022Australia
  3. 3.Brain Sciences InstituteHawthorn Vic 3122Australia

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