Sports after Busy Work: Work-Related Cognitive Failure Corresponds to Risk Bearing Behaviors and Athletic Injury

Elfering, Achim; Grebner, Simone Irmgard; Schwander, Lynn; Wattinger, Mirjam (2014). Sports after Busy Work: Work-Related Cognitive Failure Corresponds to Risk Bearing Behaviors and Athletic Injury. Escritos de psicologia / Psychological writings, 7(1), pp. 43-54. Universidad de Málaga, Facultad de Psicología 10.5231/psy.writ.2014.0102

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Although employees are encouraged to take exercise after work to keep physically fit, they should not suffer injury. Some sports injuries that occur after work appear to be work-related and preventable. This study investigated whether cognitive failure mediates the influence of mental work demands and conscientiousness on risk-taking and risky and unaware behaviour during after-work sports activities. Participants were 129 employees (36% female) who regularly took part in team sports after work. A structural equation model showed that work-related cognitive failure significantly mediated the influence of mental work demands on risky behaviour during sports (p < .05) and also mediated the directional link between conscientiousness and risky behaviour during sports (p < .05). A path from risky behaviour during sports to sports injuries in the last four weeks was also significant (p < .05). Performance constraints, time pressure, and task uncertainty are likely to increase cognitive load and thereby boost cognitive failures both during work and sports activities after work. Some sports injuries after work could be prevented by addressing the issue of work redesign.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Elfering, Achim and Grebner, Simone Irmgard

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1989-3809

Publisher:

Universidad de Málaga, Facultad de Psicología

Language:

English

Submitter:

Diana Cristina Romano

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2015 10:07

Last Modified:

26 Mar 2015 19:51

Publisher DOI:

10.5231/psy.writ.2014.0102

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sport, Occupational Stress, Sports Injuries, Prevention

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65567

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65567

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