How do coaches influence and improve athletes’ attentional focus through feedback and
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The current study examined how coaches thought attention effects performance and due to this how they acted and interacted with their athletes, to try and improve attentional focus. A total of four coaches took part in the study, all coached at university first team level, in team sports. Semi structured interviews were used to examine their thoughts, interactions and behaviours. The data collected was analysed first through deductive methods, then inductive methods and finally was analysed deductively again. The results indicated that all the participants felt attention effected performance. The results discussed using specific drills and behaviours to help maintain and improve athletes’ attention. However the data collected for coaches’ interactions with athletes showed contrasting results, with further research needed.
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