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The concept of rules in the coach-athlete relationship

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posted on 03.07.2017 by Sophia Jowett, Paul Carpenter
This paper presents a study that aimed to explore the rules of the coach-athlete relationship. Using semi-structured interviews, data were obtained from a sample of British athletes (n = 15) and an independent sample of British coaches (n = 15). Content analysis was employed to analyse the data. Results indicated that athletes’ and coaches’ perceptions of relationship rules were corresponding. Rules appeared to guide the conduct of the “professional relationship” (e.g., by respecting one another) and the conduct of “business” (e.g., by being prepared to instruct and learn skills). The main functions of relationship rules were to minimise interpersonal conflict (e.g., arguments) and provide rewards (e.g., happiness). It was also evidenced that interpersonal dimensions that define the quality of the coach-athlete relationship served as rules that increased reward and reduced conflict.

Funding

The research was supported by a Nuffield Foundation research grant.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sports Coaching Review

Volume

4

Issue

1

Pages

1 - 23 (23)

Citation

JOWETT, S. and CARPENTER, P., 2016. The concept of rules in the coach-athlete relationship. Sports Coaching Review, 4(1), pp. 1-23.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/10/2015

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 07 Jan 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2015.1106145

ISSN

2164-0629

eISSN

2164-0637

Language

en

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