The coach's impact on long distance runners' training and competition motivation.

Goose, Mitch and Winter, Stacy (2012) The coach's impact on long distance runners' training and competition motivation. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 7 (2). 383 - 398. ISSN 1747-9541

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Abstract

An understanding of how an athlete's motivation is affected by coaching behaviours is vital information for a coach to acquire. This study examines the impact and need for a coach in optimising international athletes' training and competition motivation within the framework of Cognitive Evaluation Theory. The participants were six long distance runners with international experience. Qualitative data was collected using semi-structured interviews regarding the athletes' motivational experiences. Following inductive analysis, four general dimensions were established: athlete's uninfluenced training motivation; athlete's uninfluenced competition motivation; coaching behaviours impact on athlete's training motivation; and coaching behaviours impact on competition motivation. The findings revealed that coaching behaviours are typically consistent with the current motivational research [1-4] and the role of the coach is more important for an athlete's training motivation rather than competition motivation. Education of coaches in the correct use of motivational behaviours is therefore recommended, if athletes are to fulfill their abilities

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coaches (Athletics); Runners (Sports); Long-distance running; Intrinsic motivation; Sports competitions; Autonomy (Psychology); Coach Behaviour; Self-Determination Theory
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 14:16
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2012 10:23
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/301

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