PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to explore the experience of team flow and clutch in sport.
METHODS: A qualitative research design was adopted in the form of career-based interviews. This allowed for detailed, descriptive insights into the participants experience with team flow and clutch to be collected. Four female and four male badminton doubles players aged 22.5 ± 7.8 years participated in the study. Participants completed one interview with a mean time of 27 minutes. Data was analysed using reflexive thematic analysis which allowed for a summary of findings to emerge in the form of codes and themes.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: This study concluded that team flow was experienced by the badminton doubles players and it shared five dimensions with individual flow along with four new, unique dimensions. The study also concluded that the participants experienced a state under pressure in a team setting that shared five dimensions with individual clutch. Further research is warranted to critically test these exploratory findings to develop a strong and theoretical underpinning of both team flow and team clutch states and establish their relationship with performance.
Due to pandemic-related data collection restrictions, some of the data in this project may have been simulated
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