Examining the male coach-male athlete relationship involving starting and non-starting athletes
LE3 .A278 2013
Bachelor of Kinesiology
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the nature of the male coach-male athlete relationship involving starting and non-starting athletes. METHODS: Four male coach-male athlete dyads were interviewed; two dyads involved starting athletes and two involved non-starting athletes. Each participant was interviewed individually. The interviews addressed the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of each dyad member with regards to their relationship. RESULTS: The major themes that emerged from grounded theory were: coach as authority figure, mutual understanding, team first, and character. The coach-athlete relationship is influenced by the coach being an authority figure. Additionally, the coach-athlete relationship is impacted by dyad members’ mutual understanding and how they care about the team. Finally, the character of coaches and athletes plays a role in the relationship they have. Subtle differences between the starting and non-starting relationships were present for lower level themes. IMPLICATIONS: Communication that is open, frequent, and about non-sport related topics encourages a successful coach-athlete relationship. As well, it is important for both dyad members to demonstrate that they care for the team. Finally, the coach-athlete relationship benefits from both dyad members being consistent in their behaviours.
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