The factors that influence ontological security, linked specifically to the coach-athlete relationship: an auto-ethnographic study of cricket coaching
University of Wales
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The primary purpose of this study is to examine the notion of ontological security within the coach athlete relationship. Previous research has highlighted the necessity to develop a trusting and secure environment for their players (Jones, 2009; Purdy et al, 2008). However limited evidence has been appraised regarding sports coaching theory and its impact upon the security of the group. Coaching methods and approaches to security vary dramatically depending upon the sporting context (d’Arippe-Longueville et al, 1998; Purdy et al, 2008), however little or no work has specifically looked at the Cricket environment. Auto-ethnographical methods were adopted to expand and exemplify upon the theoretical aspects of power, care and leadership style and their assumed inference towards the ontological security of the athletes. The methods implemented highlight how coaching theory takes place within the practical environment, whilst depicting the subtle social intricacies, complexities and factors embedded within practice (Sparkes, 2000; 2002). The study focuses upon a cricket environment, competing at a national standard, where the key findings relate the importance of ontological security for both the coach as well as the athlete(s). Trust and confidence in both entities appear to be of dramatic importance in promoting a secure environment. While leadership style, tone and means of delivery by the coach, are seen as contributing factors towards the ontological security of the group. However, the coach’s choice of actions and depiction of self are based more on habitus and previous experiences, rather than the context and scenario they encounter.
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