Ross Lorimer, Sophia Jowett

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In sport, coaches and athletes work closely together and often form long-term, mutually dependent relationships. The manner in which coaches and athletes interact can have a profound impact upon the effectiveness of their training sessions. Their relationship may directly of indirectly influence such factors as personal satisfaction, enjoyment, motivation, and performance. the aim of this chapter is to provide a critical overview of this area with explicit focus on the 3+1 Cs conceptual model. This chapter will define the coach-athlete relationship and provide an overview of how this relationship has been conceptualised. Moreover, aspects that may potentially contribute to developing the quality and effectiveness of coach-athlete relationships will be discussed. Finally, practical methods for developing and maintaining a harmonious relationship will be examined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge companion to sport and exercise psychology
Subtitle of host publicationglobal perspectives and fundamental concepts
EditorsAthanasios G. Papaioannou, Dieter Hackfort
Place of PublicationHove
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315880198
ISBN (Print)9781848721289, 9780415730327
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2014

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NameInternational perspectives on key issues in sport and exercise psychology


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