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Female Paralympic Athlete Views of Effective and Ineffective Coaching Practices

Published on Jan 2, 2020in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology2.203
· DOI :10.1080/10413200.2018.1543735
Danielle Alexander1
Estimated H-index: 1
(McGill University),
Gordon A. Bloom26
Estimated H-index: 26
(McGill University),
Shaunna L. Taylor1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UBC: University of British Columbia)
Abstract
People with physical disabilities are at a higher risk of developing secondary physical and mental health conditions, such as fatigue, obesity, and depression. The purpose of this study was to explore female Paralympic athlete views of effective and ineffective coaching practices. Individual semistructured interviews were conducted with 8 athletes who achieved an average of 8 combined Paralympic and Parapan American medals. A hierarchical content analysis revealed the athletes’ perceptions and experiences of both effective and ineffective coaching strategies and behaviors, including how these experiences affected them on a personal and professional level. All athletes achieved tremendous athletic accomplishments and recognized the importance and value of their coaches in helping them reach such high standards of success. In addition, the participants spoke about male coaches inappropriately addressing their disability and gender and how it negatively influenced their psychological well-being. These result...
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