Effectiveness of High School Track and Field Coaches on the Athletic Development of College-Bound Student Athletes
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Type of Work44 p.
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ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Coaches (Athletics) -- Research
High school athletes -- Research
Track and field athletes -- Research
Although the importance of effective coaching in the development of athletic ability has been acknowledged, no research has directly tested the impact coaching pedagogy actually has. Therefore, the present study examined the effectiveness of high school track and field coaching methods by means of a survey. This study is based on Cote and Salmela’s (1995) coaching model which asserts that the coach’s mental model about an athlete’s potential influences his or her training choices. Based on this model, this survey tested whether the development of athletes was affected by the level of coaching that was received. The results of the study showed no significance between the experience level of the coach and performance level of the athlete. Research on the impact of effective coaching needs to continue given that the results of the current study are contrary to the findings of the existing literature.