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Title:The upside of downtime: An interpretative phenomenological analysis on recovery experience during discretionary time in men’s professional tennis tour
Author(s):Chung, Hyondo
Director of Research:Sydnor, Synthia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Sydnor, Synthia
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Gill, Diane; Woods, Amy; Chiu, Chung-Yi; Zhu, Weimo
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):recovery, psychological detachment, mastery, performance, quality of life, tennis, professional tennis
Abstract:Recovery, defined as the restoration process of physiological and psychological resources for functional readiness, is associated with individual’s motivation and performance at workplace, and well-being (Demerouti, Bakker, Geurts, & Taris, 2009; Sonnentag, 2001; Sonnentag & Natter, 2004). Despite the implications for athletic performance, the socio-psychological aspects of recovery, particularly during discretionary time, has been neglected in kinesiology research. Drawing on the literature of recovery-stress balance (Kallus & Kellmann, 2000; Kellmann, 2002) and daily recovery from work-related stressors during non-work time (Sonnentag & Binnewies, 2013; Sonnentag & Kuhnel, 2016), this study examined the significance of recovery experience during discretionary time in the men’s professional tennis tour. Interviews and personal conversations with former and current male athletes competed in the professional tennis tour were analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) to understand the recovery experience during discretionary time and its underlying psychological pathways. Analysis of data discovered discretionary time activities associated with recovery from organizational stresses as well as its psychological mechanisms in the men’s professional tennis tour.
Issue Date:2018-12-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Hyondo Chung
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-02-06
Date Deposited:2018-12

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