EMPOWERMENT FROM A PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to explore the concept of empowerment from the perspective of an athlete. Specifically, it explored the effect empowerment has on the relationships and highlighted the athlete’s feelings towards the experiences of being empowered. This was achieved through the use of qualitative research methods, specifically, an autoethnographical approach. The data presented in one extended, three-part narrative, attempts to recreate personal experiences while evoking an emotional reaction from the reader. The data was collected through observing and reflecting upon the relationships within a rugby squad. The findings of this investigation demonstrated an inconsistent use of empowerment strategies, which left the athlete feeling uncertain and anxious. Conversely, many benefits were illuminated even within its reduced use. These include a feeling of accomplishment, raised self-confidence and a sense of belonging within a team. Analysis of this resulted in the exploration into three key emerging aspects: the athlete’s sense of pride, need for permission and working within a structure. This research then contributes to further the understanding of empowerment, especially from the lightly researched perspective of the athlete. Recommendations for future research in this area include the need for more in-depth explorations of coaches and athletes’ perspectives in relation to the use of empowerment in a variety of sports and differing levels of participation.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT COACHING
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