Controlling system uncertainty in sport and work

K. Davids, L. Smith, R. Martin

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An applied psychological framework for coping with performance uncertainty in sport and work systems is presented. The theme of personal control serves to integrate ideas prevalent in industrial and organisational psychology, the stress literature and labour process theory. These commonly focus on the promotion of tacit knowledge and learned resourcefulness in individual performers. Finally, data from an empirical evaluation of a development training programme to facilitate self-regulation skills in professional athletes are briefly highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-315
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1991


  • sport
  • work
  • tacit knowledge
  • control
  • uncertainty


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