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Exploring the value of a coach intervention process within women's youth soccer: A case study

Lewis, CJ and Groom, R and Roberts, SJ (2014) Exploring the value of a coach intervention process within women's youth soccer: A case study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12.

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Abstract

A coach intervention process was explored with a 38-year-old female youth soccer coach. The experimental research design consisted of a baseline assessment, intervention and follow-up phase. Within each phase, the coaching practices were assessed using the Coaching Behaviour Assessment System. Additionally, measures of both coach and athlete perceptions and attitudes were also recorded. The results revealed no significant change in coach behaviours from the baseline assessment to the follow-up assessment. However, although not significant, a meaningful change particularly regarding the use of Reinforcement, General Technical Instruction and Mistake Contingent Encouragement was evident. Results of the descriptive-analytic data generated from the cognitive investigations highlighted generally positive although not statistically significant changes, particularly those concerning the athletes' attitudes towards their coach, teammates and soccer, following the intervention process. The findings of this study are discussed in line with the existing coach behaviour literature.

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