Feedback for coaches: Who coaches the coach?

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The aim of this study was to investigate the feedback mechanisms that sport coaches utilized to enhance their coaching practice at various stages of their careers. Sport coaches (n=21) were interviewed in-depth with the resulting information being analyzed using HyperRESEARCH qualitative data analysis software package. Results suggested four distinct dimensions that characterized the sources of feedback used by coaches: networks; players/participants; critical thinking skills; and support systems. Those more experienced coaches with established networks of like-minded coaches seemed to be more open to constructive feedback. Similarly, novice coaches appeared to accept feedback from non-reliable sources in lieu of more informed sources. A distinctive emerging feature was the lack of formal feedback mechanisms within groups of coaches at all levels of qualification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Issue number1
Early online date20 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • mentoring
  • reflection
  • support networks
  • sports coaching


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