Drivers for change: Reflective practice to enhance creativity in sports coaches

Christine Nash*, Dave Collins

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Reflective practice has become a standard component of coach development programmes, almost taken for granted. This research examines the links between long-term reflective learning and the application to, and ongoing effect on coaching practice. Twelve elite sport coaches, from a range of sports, previously took part in a reflective intervention. Nine months after the intervention these coaches participated in semi-structured interviews, specifically, we were interested in what, if any, drivers for change had arisen from critical reflection. Data from the interviews revealed three key themes: extended role of the coach; evolution of decision-making; and creativity and innovation. Reflective practice must be a tool for coach development but to be an effective tool it must be utilised to its full effect, as it has the potential to drive change and encourage creative thinking and practice within sports coaching.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReflective Practice
Early online date23 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Feb 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • innovation
  • applied practice
  • expertise
  • critical thinking

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