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International Journal of Sports, Exercise and Physical Education

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Social pressure and performance: A study on crowd dynamics in mixed-gender sporting events


Laxmi Prasanna and Dr. (Prof) Sandeep


The doctoral research paper titled "Social Pressure and Performance: A Study On Crowd Dynamics in Mixed-Gender Sporting Events" delved into the intricate interplay between crowd dynamics, social pressure, and performance within the context of mixed-gender sporting events. Through a multi-method approach encompassing observational studies, surveys, interviews, biometric measurements, video analysis, and longitudinal studies, a comprehensive understanding was gained of the factors influencing athletes’ experiences and performance outcomes within the sporting arena.

Observational studies revealed the varied nature of crowd behavior, ranging from supportive cheers to critical jeers, and its impact on athlete responses. Surveys provided insights into participants’ perceptions of crowd dynamics, highlighting the significant influence of positive and negative crowd reactions on athlete performance, alongside gender differences in responses. Interviews with athletes, coaches, and sports psychologists emphasized the importance of mental preparedness, resilience training, and supportive coaching environments in navigating social pressure.

Biometric measurements uncovered athletes’ physiological responses to crowd stimuli, indicating increased arousal levels in response to both positive and negative crowd reactions. Video analysis elucidated athletes’ behavioral cues and performance fluctuations in response to crowd dynamics. Longitudinal studies tracked athletes’ trajectories over time, revealing the dynamic nature of their experiences and performance outcomes.

Overall, the findings underscored the importance of fostering inclusive and supportive sporting environments where athletes of all genders can thrive. Strategies aimed at enhancing athletes’ coping mechanisms, stress management skills, and gender-sensitive interventions are essential for mitigating the negative impact of social pressure on performance outcomes. By addressing the complexities of crowd dynamics and social pressure, efforts can be directed towards creating a more equitable and empowering space for athletes to excel and enjoy their participation in sports.

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International Journal of Sports, Exercise and Physical Education
How to cite this article:
Laxmi Prasanna and Dr. (Prof) Sandeep. Social pressure and performance: A study on crowd dynamics in mixed-gender sporting events. Int. J. Sports Exercise Phys. Educ. 2024;6(1):33-35. DOI: 10.33545/26647281.2024.v6.i1a.72
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