THE EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INFLUENCE ON THE COACH-ATHLETE RELATIONSHIP WITH REGARD TO UNDER 19 FEMALE ELITE LACROSSE PLAYERS.
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The aim of this study was to examine the role parents play in influencing young people within elite sports. This study attempted to establish the extent to which parental influence can impact the coach-athlete relationship as perceived by the athletes. Two focus groups were carried out with junior elite lacrosse players (n=8) during the preparation and post stages of the World Championships. In addition players completed reflective diaries during the period of the competition. Both forms of data collection were analysed using discourse analysis to interpret the communication between participants and similar themes were grouped together. Data linked to parental influence and the coach-athlete relationship was clearly presented and discussed using relevant literature. The study concluded that parents play an integral role in developing the coach-athlete relationship and that the levels of input and perceived support from the parents affect the need for opportunities for closeness with the coach. It was established that not only the level of support given by parents effects the coach-athlete relationship but also the frequency to avoid reliance. The results of this study could encourage parents of young elite athletes to become educated on what effects they do have and how to use this influential power to benefit the development of the players.
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