|dc.description||DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS)
|dc.description.abstract||Objectives: To explore athletes’ perceptions of loyalty and its importance within their
coach-athlete relationships. Specifically, the study examines how athletes view their
coaches’ decisions and actions (verbal and non-verbal) and the consequent effect on their
feelings of loyalty towards them.
Method: Participants were eight athletes aged 18 and above, who at the time of the study
trained with a personal coach a minimum of three times a week. Each participant was
interviewed within the framework provided by a semi-structured interview guide.
Interviewed were then transcribed and categorised into key themes. Following this the raw
data was displayed within a table and divided into categories, sub-categories and key
Results: The importance of commitment from both the coach and athlete and well as
effective communication and honesty was a key finding. Athletes’ perceived trust, respect
and loyalty as critical within their relationship, yet there was varied opinion about what
each of these constructs entailed. Generally, disloyalty was imagined to break down the
relationship resulting in decreased performance or even an exit from the coach, the sport
Conclusion: The nature of coaching is complex and dependent upon individual preference.
It is recommended that coaches engage with their athletes on a personal level in order to
form a close bond and understanding of that athlete. Effective coach-athlete relationships
where loyalty is present therefore have potential to make an important contribution to
success in both performance and personal development.||en_US
|dc.publisher||Cardiff Metropolitan University||en_US
|dc.subject||Coach-Athlete Relationship, Loyalty, Athletics||en_US
|dc.title||An Exploration of Athletes’ Perceptions of Loyalty within a Coach-Athlete Relationship||en_US