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Introducing esports coaching to sport coaching (not as sport coaching)

Watson, M, Smith, D, Fenton, J, Pedraza-Ramirez, I, Laborde, S and Cronin, C (2022) Introducing esports coaching to sport coaching (not as sport coaching). Sports Coaching Review. pp. 1-20. ISSN 2164-0629

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The popularity of electronic sports (esports) has increased over the last decade, and knowledge has been shared between sports and esports. Yet, research on esports coaching remains conspicuously absent. From this position, sport coaching researchers and practitioners lack an evidenced base to inform their critical consideration of esports coaching. In response, this study describes the experiences and contexts of 14 head coaches in professional teams competing in ‘League of Legends’ competition. Analysis identified themes including; 1) uncodified career and education pathways for coaches; 2) coaches practice by a review-plan-do cycle shaped by the pressure to win; 3) coaches practice in a complex, technological and global environment; and 4) coaches practice amongst challenges and paradoxes. In doing so, the findings present an original analysis of esports coaching and provide a platform for sport coaching researchers and practitioners to critically consider the relevance, development, practice and context of esports coaching in relation to their own work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 25/09/22, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21640629.2022.2123960
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 10:24
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 10:24
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/21640629.2022.2123960
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17682

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