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‘Being’ in the coaching world: new insights on youth performance coaching from an interpretative phenomenological approach

Cronin, CJ and Armour, KM (2015) ‘Being’ in the coaching world: new insights on youth performance coaching from an interpretative phenomenological approach. Sport, Education and Society. ISSN 1357-3322

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Abstract

Since Heidegger's influential text; Being and time (1927/2005), the phenomenological question of what it means to ‘be’ has generated a vast body of work. This paper reports data from a phenomenological study that investigated what it means to ‘be’ a youth performance coach. An overview of the interpretive phenomenological methods used is followed by presentation of coaches and data. Data analysis resulted in the identification of three constituent ‘essences’ of youth performance coaching: (i) care; (ii) a commitment to educate athletes authentically for corporeal challenges to come; and (iii) working with others to achieve a specialised corporeal excellence. The three identified essences manifest themselves in a broad lifeworld that includes settings on and off the field of play (FOP). Given the very different insights into the practice of coaching that emerge from this study, we argue it would be useful for future studies of coaching practice and coach education to extend their focus to take into account coaches' wider lives both on and off the FOP. We also argue for further exploration of coaching by drawing on phenomenological concepts such as care and relationality.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Qualitative Sport, Education and Society' on 3.11.2015 available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2015.1108912
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy, 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 11:04
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 11:04
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13573322.2015.1108912
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2361

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