". . . Didn't only change my coaching, changed my life": Coaches' use of sport psychology for their own development and performance

Tammy Sheehy, Sam Zizzi, Kristen Dieffenbach, Lee Ann Sharp

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Abstract

This study examined the experiences of 8 high-performance coaches (male n = 6) from a range of sports who have worked with a sport psychology consultant (SPC) for their own performance enhancement as coaches. Using a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology, each participant engaged in 2 semistructured interviews. Thematic analysis of the data elicited 8 higher-order themes related to the research questions. Impetus themes included buy-in and opportunity. Benefits coaches felt they received included themes of facilitating self-awareness, performance enhancement, enhancing interactions, and friendship development. Barrier themes included lack of resources and stigma. This research gives the field of applied sport psychology insight into how SPCs and high-performance coaches navigate working together in support of the coaches' performance and professional development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-147
Number of pages11
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Coach development
  • Coach education
  • High performance
  • Performance enhancement
  • Sport psychology consulting

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