Does having a positive coach-athlete relationship result in a positive impact on a netballers performance?
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The aim of this study was to investigate whether having a positive coach athlete relationship can have a positive impact on a netballer’s performance. According to Trzaskoma-Biceserdy et al. (2005) the coach athlete relationship is fundamental as its nature is likely to determine the athlete’s satisfaction, self esteem and performance. 4 female university netball players were used as participants as they all competed and participated in netball on a regular basis for their university. They all were involved in one on one semi-structured interviews with the researcher. Each interview lasted between 20-30minutes, with each participant giving information about their current coach athlete relationship. Questions asked were based on their relationship with their current coach, previous coaches and them as an athlete and what impact it had on their performance. Findings demonstrated 3 out of the 4 participants were experiencing a positive relationship with their current coach, suggesting the reasons for this were, trust, respect, communication, experience and knowledge were being demonstrated within the relationship. This then had a positive affect on their performance as they felt more confidence and comfortable about their relationship due to the type of relationship they had with their coach. The participant that stated their relationship with their coach was negative was because the factors already mentioned were not apparent in their coach athlete relationship, leaving them to feel isolated, frustrated and demotivated about their performance. Recommendations for future research in this area are discussed.
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