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Feedback for coaches: Who coaches the coach?

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    Rights statement: Christine Nash, John Sproule, Peter Horton, Feedback for coaches: Who coaches the coach?, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching (Vol 12, Issue 1) pp. 92 - 102. Copyright © [2017] (Sage). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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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 - 28 Feb 2017


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.

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

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