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'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': an autoethnographic account of coaching in a new context

Cronin, CJ and Ryrie, A and Huntley, T and Hayton, JW (2017) 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': an autoethnographic account of coaching in a new context. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. ISSN 2159-676X

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Abstract

In terms of achieving wider health and social outcomes, sport coaching promises much for young people with disabilities. Despite this promise, the experiences and practices of those coaches who enter the disability sport arena are underexplored. This is particularly so for coaches who operate in community participation rather than competitive elite environments. Accordingly, this paper uses an autoethnographic approach to explore the experiences of a basketball coach (Colum), who enters a youth club for disabled participants for the first time. Utilising observational data, reflective field notes, and interviews, five relativist vignettes are collaboratively constructed to represent Colum’s (a pseudonym) experiences across 12 basketball sessions. The vignettes reveal that the disability and community context disrupted Colum’s normative coaching behaviours. An emotional laborious journey is recounted that includes significant lessons, which may impact coaching practitioners, researchers and sport development officers. In addition, the post-sport context (Atkinson, 2010a) is introduced to differentiate the youth club context from Colum’s normative sport context. Furthermore, the concepts of liminality and ludic, which are novel to extant coaching literature, are introduced to explain how and why Colum struggled to find structure within the context of a youth club for disabled participants.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Exercise and Health on 29th August 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/2159676X.2017.1368695
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 10:47
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 10:47
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1368695
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7103

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