A CASE STUDY: FROM BASKETBALL TO WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The purpose of this study was to extend previous research on coaching by doing an in-depth study on a coach’s thoughts, feelings and experiences when going through a transition and change from basketball into wheelchair basketball in order to give some insight to future coaches going into disability sport. This was accomplished by exploring the experiences of a wheelchair basketball coach, in a case study approach. A brief reflection of the coach’s playing and coaching background, how knowledge was acquired, potential challenges, barriers and ultimately how the coach dealt with the transition and the change. Jess was interviewed on how knowledge acquisition influenced their coaching in both running and wheelchair basketball. The analysis of the data identified, done through means of coding (Seidel and Kelle, 1995) identified three major themes; how knowledge was acquired through observation, mentoring, past playing and coaching experience, reflection and family influence. Managing transition in order to deal with change occurred through adaptability, flexibility and in dealing with change, avoid worrying about it thus in her words 'deal with it.' The potential challenges and barriers found included the athletes’ ability and disability, respect of the athletes, terminology, asking for help and perceptions of both the athletes and society. These findings provide an insight into the life of an experienced running and wheelchair basketball coach and identifies the most important ways of acquiring knowledge and how that influenced the coach’s ability to deal with the transition and ultimately the change. Disability sport is slowly increasing and becoming more popular due to more media coverage and society’s changing perceptions of disabilities. Thus the study aims to give some insight to what the transition and change was like, in order to assist future coaches going through similar situations.
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