It’s Not What They Do, It’s How They Do It: Athlete Experiences of Great Coaching

    June 21, 2012

    International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching Volume 4 · Number 1 · 2009

    It’s Not What They Do, It’s How They Do It: Athlete Experiences of Great Coaching
    Andrea J. Becker
    Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, USA

    ABSTRACT
    The primary purpose of this study was to explore athlete experiences of great coaching. A total of 18 in-depth phenomenological interviews were conducted with elite level athletes (9 female; 9 male) representing a variety of sports (i.e., baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and water polo). Participants ranged in age from 22 to 42 years (M = 29.11, SD = 5.52). Interviews lasted between 30-90 minutes and were transcribed verbatim. Analyses of the transcripts revealed a total of 1,553 meaning units that were further grouped into sub-themes and general themes. This led to the development of a final thematic structure revealing six major dimensions characterizing athlete experiences of great coaching: Coach Attributes, The Environment, Relationships, The System,  Coaching Actions, and Influences.

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