EXAMINING AGGRESSION LEVELS OF ELITE RUGBY ATHLETES IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Levent Bayram, Deniz Özge Yüceloğlu Keskin, Özgür Bostanci, Menderes Kabadayi, Deniz Günay Derebaşi

Abstract


The aim of this research is to study the correlation between the aggression level and communication skills of elite rugby athletes. The study was conducted with a total of 115 rugby athletes (37 female, 78 male) who played on teams that took place in the Turkish Rugby League during 2016-2017. A 4-question demographic survey and the Kiper (1984) Aggression Scale were applied to the athletes as well as the Communication Skills inventory of Ersanlı and Balcı. The group of rugby athletes aged 25 and below was found to be at a higher bold aggression level compared to the group aged 26 and above (p<0.05). As for the passive aggression subscale scores, the group aged 25 and below was at a lower level compared to the group aged 26 and above (p<0.05). The bold aggression level of rugby athletes with a university education was higher compared to athletes with a high school and elementary education (p<0.05). In addition, a positive correlation was found between bold aggression subscale scores and total communication skills scores. As a result, it can be said that the communication skills of athletes need to be increased in order to decrease disruptive and passive aggression and increase bold behavior. As communication skills improve, the possibility of displaying aggressive approaches and behavior decrease. 

 

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rugby, aggression, communication skills

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