Stewart Cotterill

Stewart Cotterill
AECC University College · School of Rehabilitation Sport and Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
My current research interests are focused in 4 specific areas: 1. Athlete leadership in sport - With a focus on captaincy & leadership development. 2. Performance psychology - Focusing on decision-making & preparation for performance. 3. Injury rehabilitation - Exploring the rehabilitation and recovery process post injury.. 4. Performance under pressure in the military - Approaches to enhance performance under pressure in the military website: www.thinkperformance.org Twitter: @ProfStewC
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
AECC University College
Position
  • Head of Department
May 2012 - August 2017
The University of Winchester
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  • Lecturer
January 2005 - June 2012
University of Gloucestershire
Position
  • Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology

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Publications (76)
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Effective decision-making forms an important aspect of the game of cricket. In particular, the ability of players to process relevant perceptual information to select an appropriate course of action is crucial. However, although the importance of decision-making in cricket is universally accepted, there is currently little consistency in the approa...
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Abstract Whilst much research has suggested a positive link between pre-performance routines (PPRs) and performance, the specific mechanisms of the process have yet to be understood fully. It has been suggested that the PPR may influence performance through lowering the athlete's anxiety, and/or increasing their self-efficacy, but to date this has...
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While there is much research exploring the nature of pre-performance routines in sport there is very little work that outlines the process of developing and implementing these routines. This paper documents the development of pre-performance routines in professional cricket prior to the start of the season. The paper describes the method and approa...
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The purpose of this investigation was to explore the nature of pre-performance routines used in golf. Six male international golfers were recruited to participate in this study (Age M = 29; handicap M = +1.5; years playing golf M = 16.25). The golfers were interviewed individually to gain an understanding of participants’ perceptions of the nature...
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The development of a pre-performance routine continues to be an intuitively appealing and widely accepted technique to enhance preparation for performance in sport. However, actual understanding falls somewhat short of that required to recommend with confidence the development of a pre-performance routine. At a fundamental level it is still not cle...
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While sport psychologists have recently been encouraged to embrace digital technology and social media use in their practice, little is currently known about the associated benefits and challenges of adopting these recommendations. Published studies in other professions have suggested that engaging in social media use can be a double-edged sword, o...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Objectives: This is a protocol for a systematic scoping review. The objective of this review is to help identify, clarify and examine the available evidence on athlete leadership development. Introduction: Cross-sectional and experimental research indicates that athlete leaders in sport teams are key drivers of effective team functioning and their...
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Leadership has been shown to be a fundamental factor influencing the performance of sport teams. Within these teams, leadership can be provided by coaches, formal athlete leaders, such as team captains, and other ‘informal’ athlete leaders. The role of the athlete leader in a team, either formal or informal, has been consistently reported over the...
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The effective leadership of, and within, sports teams has consistently been highlighted to be an important factor impacting upon a range of outcomes including team performance, and team functioning. However, while there has been an increasing focus on athlete leadership and leadership development in recent years there is little research exploring l...
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The psychological factors that influence performance in the practice environment, where competitive athletes engage in deliberate practice, have recently been given specific research attention. The current study employed an action research approach to implement the practice environment model as an education strategy to increase the practice perform...
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The psychological environment where sporting activity is undertaken has been suggested to influence performance. The coach orchestrates practice activities and their perception of the psychological environment has been regularly evaluated in competition research but not in practice. The aim of this study was to explore coach perceptions of the psyc...
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In this chapter, I explore the challenges and opportunities that novel technological tools and social media present to sport psychology practitioners and how advances in software and hardware can be utilized by practitioners to maximise behavior change and performance. I also discuss the professional, ethical and moral challenges that these new pla...
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Case studies offer a non‐experimental approach to the evaluation of specific events that can provide a more holistic picture of a phenomenon. This chapter develops a broader holistic understanding of case studies as they relate to sport and exercise psychology. It clarifies the essence of case studies, beginning with defining the case study term. T...
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Emotional contagion has been recognized as a variable influencing individual behaviour and team functioning. In particular, leaders within the team have been suggested to have a significant impact on their teammates through the expression of their emotions. As a result, the aim of this study was to provide greater insight into how different athlete...
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Objectives: Leadership has been suggested to be a key factor in gaining a competitive advantage as a team, with shared leadership being a better predictor of team functioning than vertical leadership. Although the benefits of shared leadership are well-documented, evidence about how to implement a shared leadership structure remains sparse. This l...
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Some sports coaches believe that empowering the players in their team can undermine their own leadership status. In business organizations, however, recent theorizing on shared leadership refutes this belief by suggesting that the most effective leaders engage in behaviors to strengthen the leadership qualities of their followers. The present study...
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An individual's perception of their competitive environment can shape their psychological experience and influence their performance. Influences from competitive performance environments have received considerably more research attention than the performance influences that might occur from practice environments. This fact is curious as athletes te...
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Much importance has been assigned to the role of the team captain. In this article, we test whether today’s team captains live up to these high expectations. Furthermore, we provide greater insight into the selection procedures leading to a captain’s appointment and assess how this process impacts upon the captain’s perceived leadership qualities....
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Background Research focused on mental health in sport has revealed a need to develop evidence-supported mental health practices that are sensitive to sport culture, particularly for non-elite athletes. A consensus statement was produced to assist effective mental health awareness in sport and guide programme implementation in this rapidly emerging...
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The aim of this study was to explore the lived experiences of the coach in relation to the perceived function of captains in professional rugby union. Participants were eight elite male rugby coaches purposefully sampled for this study. Participants were interviewed individually to gain an understanding of their experiences and perceptions of the r...
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The practice environment of athletes can influence their competitive performance. The influencing performance factors present in practice are understudied and the aim of this study was to explore these factors. Using a case study approach, a basketball practice environment was investigated to reveal influencing performance factors. Participants wer...
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Purpose: Poor athlete buy-in and adherence to training monitoring systems (TMS) can be problematic in elite sport. This is a significant issue, as failure to record, interpret, and respond appropriately to negative changes in athlete wellbeing and training status may result in undesirable consequences, such as maladaptation and/or underperformance...
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The Psychology of Performance explores the key psychological factors that affect our ability to cope under pressure, whether it’s competing in a sport, appearing in front of an audience, or meeting a tight deadline. It looks at how we develop skills through learning and practice, and how self-confidence and decision-making can be sharpened to boost...
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Mental block can be a significant psychological challenge for many springboard and highboard divers. Consequently, this study investigated the barriers and facilitators to overcoming mental block in these performers. Three former elite divers engaged in reflective interviews to discuss their experiences of mental block. Four barriers (emotions, los...
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Research evidence suggests that outdoor education offers significant potential in priming healthy physical activity behaviors, developing life skills, enhancing self-esteem and promoting improved academic performance. The aim of the current study was to explore from a cross-sectional perspective the perceived benefits of a dinghy sailing program on...
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Notice: The discussions, statements of fact and opinions contained in the articles of The Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies are those of the respective authors and cited contributors and are set out in good faith for the general guidance of student supported research and the promotion of pedagogical discussion in teaching and learni...
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While there have been increasing opportunities for sport psychology practitioners in cricket, there are concerns regarding employment practices in the field and the knock-on impact on the practitioners. The aim of this research was to explore the experiences, reflections, challenges, and opportunities perceived by practitioners regarding their own...
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While there has been a significant expansion of continued professional development opportunities in recent years, there has often, historically, been a reluctance for sport and exercise psychologists to both share, and receive feedback on their professional practice (Cotterill, Weston and Breslin, 2016). The recent development of the new Case Studi...
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In Performance Psychology: Theory and Practice, Stewart Cotterill examines not only how stressful situations can affect performance, but also the means by which we can reach our potential regardless. Featuring chapters on decision-making, emotion, resilience and mental toughness, cognition and perception, ageing and experience, confidence, and reco...
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Self-efficacy has been linked with enhanced sports performance and has shown to have a mediating effect on stress. The purpose of this study was to explore the use of self-efficacy as well as the sources and influences on self-efficacy beliefs in competitive springboard and highboard divers. Participants were two adult (M Age = 39.5 years) and ten...
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The captain is perceived to be an important member of the leadership structure within teams across many professional sports. However, while there is a general acceptance that this is the case, there is very little research exploring the role and associated demands at an elite level. As a result, the aim of this study was to explore the captaincy ex...
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Ultrasound measurement is an inexpensive method of gaining information about the architecture of the muscle including thickness and pennation angle. The aim of this study was to assess the intra- and inter-tester reliability of muscle thickness (MT) and pennation angle (PA) measurements when using the Terason ultrasound (u smart 3300, Terason, USA)...
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Effective leadership in sport at the elite level can make the difference between success and failure. However, although the importance of leadership is acknowledged there is little published evidence regarding how the required skills could or should be developed. The current case study reports the implementation of a leadership development program...
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Background: This paper reports the outcomes of patients undergoing ACL reconstruction using a TransLateral single bundle, all-inside hamstring technique at a minimum of two year follow-up. Methods: The semitendinosus alone is harvested, quadrupled and attached in series to two adjustable suspensory fixation devices. Femoral and tibial sockets ar...
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Sport and Exercise Psychology focuses on the most current issues in the field, integrating research and practice to develop a coherent understanding of current knowledge, future research directions and applied implications within the field. * This is the first book to include theory-based case studies for sport performance, exercise and skill acqui...
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Leadership is a fundamental aspect of sports performance, particularly within team sport environments. Over the past 25 years there has been significant research exploring the role of the coach/manager in this regard. However, this only represents one aspect of leadership within the sporting domain. Equally important, although far less examined is...
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Making decisions is a fundamental requirement for effective sports performance. As a result, an understanding of the processes underpinning the generation of these decisions is crucial to researchers and applied practitioners alike. However, while there is much research that explores decision making from a number of different perspectives in sport...
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There is currently a lack of research exploring strategies to inspire and motivate students. As a result, the current study explored the perceptions of academic staff regarding what being inspirational meant, its sources, and the implications for the student. Eighteen academic staff were interviewed in this study (Age M=41.7; years in HE M=9.2) The...
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Eye tracking offers significant potential for applied practice and research across a broad range of domains, and specifically for sport and exercise psychology. New technology offers exciting opportunity to explore the vision and gaze behaviours of both elite and amateur athlete in situ. When researchers begin eye tracking, however, they encounter...
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The ability to prepare effectively to execute complex skills under pressure is crucial in a number of performance-focused professions. While there is emerging evidence of best practice little research has sought to compare preparation strategies across professions. As a result, the aim of this research was to explore the approaches employed within...
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Decision-making in team sports is both a complex and dynamic process. Due to the open and continuous nature of many team sports collective decisions need to be implicitly and explicitly made during game play. The speed and effectiveness of these decisions is built upon the development of shared mental models within the team relating to a shared vie...
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Preparing effectively for the execution of each shot is a fundamental aspect of golf performance. However, there is currently a lack of clarity in the literature regarding the best way to achieve this. The aim of this study was to determine whether golfers use different preparation routines for different shot types. A single case research design wa...
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The past 15 years has seen a significant acceleration in the availability of technological solutions for both business and social interactions. The use of social media as a way to communicate has had a significant impact upon education and the way that individuals share information, particularly in the under 25s age group. These developments are pr...
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The development of effective learning environments in higher education (HE) appears to become increasingly prioritised by HE institutions. This approach reflects an increasingly ‘consumer’ focused student body, and HE attempt to further quantify the quality of their products. However, all too often attempts to build more effective learning environm...
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The mental side of cricket is what separates the best players from the rest. Technical, tactical, and physical preparation are important for top class performances but it is often what happens inside a player's mind that is the difference between success and failure. The very best players and teams are confident, motivated, concentrate effectively,...
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Boutcher (1990), Lobmeyer & Wasserman (1986) suggested that a method for maintaining high levels of performance in the face of potential distractions is to develop a consistent pre-performance routine. Crew’s & Boutcher’s (1987) study of elite golfers highlighted an apparent relationship between consistency of the timing of routines and the consist...
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The ability to mould a group of talented individual athletes into an effective team takes effort and skill. Team Psychology in Sports examines the crucial factors in the development of an effective team, introducing important psychological and organizational concepts and offering evidence-based interventions for enhancing the performance of any spo...
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Decision-making forms a central component of the game of cricket. Due to the different formats of the game, players are often required to execute very different courses of action despite being presented with the same set of environmental cues (such as the type of delivery faced by a batter). This study sought to explore the degree to which the perc...
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Research has reported that initial evaluations of consultants' competency areaffected by dress and build. This investigation examined how athletes' perceptions of sport psychology consultants (SPCs) are affected by SPCs' physical characteristics of BMI and dress, and whether these perceptions are moderated by the athletes' sex or standard of compet...
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Research has reported that initial evaluations of consultants’ competency are affected by dress and build. This investigation examined how athletes’ perceptions of sport psychology consultants (SPCs) are affected by SPCs’ physical characteristics of BMI and dress, and whether these perceptions are moderated by the athletes’ sex or standard of compe...
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The representative experimental design of many previous studies exploring the nature of pre-performance routine usage in golf has been limited by flaws in research design. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether the use of a fullswing golf simulator could provide an ecologically valid alternative to lab-based experimental designs. Partic...
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The representative experimental design of many previous studies exploring the nature of pre-performance routine usage in golf has been limited by flaws in research design. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether the use of a full-swing golf simulator could provide an ecologically valid alternative to lab-based experimental designs. Parti...
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Golf is a complex and technical sport demanding many attributes to achieve excellence. Performers are required to execute complex sets of motor skills in a perfect or near perfect way in order to be successful (Singer, 2002). As a result, not only technical perfection is essential, but also obtaining a mental state from which this complex set of sk...
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Boutcher (1990), Lobmeyer & Wasserman (1986) suggested that a method for maintaining high levels of performance in the face of potential distractions is to develop a consistent pre-performance routine. Crew’s & Boutcher’s (1987) study of elite golfers highlighted an apparent relationship between consistency of the timing of routines and the cons...

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There is an increasing focus on research exploring professional practice-related issue in sport and exercise psychology. i am keen to develop a project that seeks to develop an in-depth understanding of the consultants experiences.

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The project aims include: - To identify whether isometric neck strength is related to incidence of concussion in combat sports. - To investigate whether head impacts are associated with neurocognitive impairment in combatants. - To characterise the role of mass of specific muscles of the head-neck segment in isometric neck strength.