Excellence in Coaching: The Art and Skill of Elite Practitioners

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During this study, 10 expert coaches were interviewed to examine their views on aspects of their individual coaching practice. Four themes emerged from the interviews: (a) the long-term approach, (b) the authentic coaching environment, (c) creating a learning environment, and (d) the quality and quantity of training sessions. These coaches were consistent in their attempts to facilitate learning experiences for the athletes, while setting high standards in both training and competition. The study's findings show that expert coaches have to orchestrate a large number of variables when planning and executing a training session, and their success depends on their coaching knowledge and their skill at contextualizing the necessary components for specific situations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-38
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


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