The perceived impact of athlete-centred coaching approaches on athletes’well-being and performance
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this study is to explore a variety of opinions and preferences on the athlete-centred approach and whether it has an effect on the athlete’s performance. There is a wide scope of methods that sport coaches can resort to within their activity. Arguably, these methods may have an effect on the athlete’s well-being as well as on their performance. The approach in subject advances the athletes learning and development through sport. Some of the strategies developed by Mosston (1966) promote this approach and consider the athletes long term development and encourage team culture. Athletes are able to take ownership over their learning whilst the coaches share the role of power, thus, allowing opportunities to make decisions and develop their knowledge (Kidman and Lombardo, 2010). Despite this knowledge, there are not many studies that consider the perceptions of the athletes and coaches about the athlete-centred coaching approach. Four acrobatic coaches and four athletes participated in this study. The reason for this was to gain a variety of preferences to this approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in order to obtain an insight into the athletes’ and coaches’ perceptions of the approach and their current ways of training or coaching. The results suggested that coaches were fond of implementing the athlete-centred approach to their session and utilised it through different practices. They preferred this approach in contrast to using the traditional approach to coaching. The athletes were made to feel more involved with their training therefore more motivation to perform. All athletes state the positive aspects of the athlete-centred approach and how it makes them more confident in their selves and as performers as they were opted to make decisions for themselves. In conclusion this study will be of interest to those who are interested in encouraging an athlete-centred approach to coaching.
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