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‘[Trails] and Tribulations’: Exploring Wash-Out in Cycling Coach Education

Wood, S, Richardson, D and Roberts, SJ (2023) ‘[Trails] and Tribulations’: Exploring Wash-Out in Cycling Coach Education. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. ISSN 2159-676X

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The mechanisms underlying occupational socialisation and wash-out following formal coach education are not well understood. This study explores eight cycling coaches (6 males, 2 females) navigating these challenges as they transition into their everyday coaching role. Using ethnographic interview data (collected over 18 months) and inspired by creative nonfiction (CNF) literary techniques, the accounts of three characters (Emily, Mark, and Yvette offer rich insight into the workplace conditions that facilitate and inhibit wash-out: ignored and forgotten; the challenges of wearing two hats; and triumph on the trails. We discuss the challenges of becoming immersed and accepted into occupational cultures, the socialising force of observing other coaches, and the impact of (mis)aligned goals between the individual and organisation. This work has potential to inform the support offered to coaches following formal training.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1608 Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 10:58
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 16:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/2159676X.2023.2290535
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21988
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