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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24252

Title: Coaches' Perspectives on Athlete-centred Coaching
Authors: Headley-Cooper, Karlene
Advisor: Kerr, Gretchen
Department: Exercise Sciences
Keywords: Athlete-Centred
Coach
Athlete
Issue Date: 6-Apr-2010
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore elite coaches' perspectives on the athlete-centred approach to coaching. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten (five male and five female) current coaches of female athletes on Canadian national team sports. The data were analyzed qualitatively using inductive and deductive analyses. Data revealed that coaches attached divergent meanings to the term "athlete-centred" sport. They referred to a holistic philosophy of the athlete, coaching practices that involve athletes within the coach-athlete partnership, specific values as essential components of athlete-centred coaching, and a philosophy of success that extends beyond athletic performance. The coaches also identified barriers to implementing athlete-centred coaching behaviours. The findings of this study have implications for our understanding of athlete-centred coaching and holistic athlete development, as well as policy revisions, coach education, and future coaching research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24252
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