A Case Study of Excellence in Elite Sport: Motivational Climate in a World Champion Team

  title={A Case Study of Excellence in Elite Sport: Motivational Climate in a World Champion Team},
  author={Kenneth Hodge and Graham Henry and Wayne Smith},
  journal={Sport Psychologist},
This case study focused on the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team during the period from 2004 to 2011, when Graham Henry (head coach) and Wayne Smith (assistant coach) coached and managed the team. More specifically, this case study examined the motivational climate created by this coaching group that culminated in winning the Rugby World Cup in 2011. In-depth interviews were completed with Henry and Smith in March 2012. A collaborative thematic content analysis revealed eight themes, regarding… Expand
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