TO UNDERSTAND THE DUALITIES AND DILEMMAS THAT EMERGES FROM THE PERSONAL FACTORS OF A ‘PLAYER-COACH’
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Within sport there are many different types of unconventional coach-athlete relationships. One in which many fail to recognise is the player-coach, this relationship in actual fact is the reality for coaches in many clubs. Therefore, the player-coach literature is limited and the coaching understanding and knowledge for these coaches is very hard to come by. The purpose of this study was to understand the dilemmas placed on a player-coach and how these affect the coach-athlete relationship. The study followed the objectives of exploring the dualities and dilemmas that emerge from the two player and coach roles while ascertaining if and how the personal factors affect the coaching role. To uncover if and how the role duality affected the individual’s performance and to describe the coping mechanism used by the coaches to deal with their player-coach role. Five player-coach participants were examined, through the use of semi-structure interviews. The main finding of the study was the level in which the player-coach had played at an individual level affected the success perception of the dual role. The three elite athletes found it easier to apply the duality of the role, while the two non-elite athletes struggled to implement both parts of the role. The next finding was that the performance of the player-coach was always affected in a negative way. Findings were linked back to past research of Impression Management Theory, Kahle (1978); Lewis (2010) and Tett and Simonet (2011) and Orchestration Encarta, (2001) and Jones and Wallace (2005).
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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