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Bridging the Gap: What S&C can Learn from Sport Coaching

The IUSCA Journal is the world's first in S&C and Sport Science to be 100% Free to submit, publish and read. All published articles will receive a DOI and be indexed online through search engines such as Google Scholar.

We currently have a new article published by Harvey Anderson from the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University.

Bridging the Gap: What S&C can Learn from Sport Coaching

by Harvey Anderson Academy of Sport & Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University.

Abstract One of the ways for any discipline to develop is to look to the work, practices, knowledge bases and lessons learned from other disciplines who have trodden similar paths before us, preferable those more closely related.

Sport coaching is also battling with the translation of applying research findings into practice. Arguments abound with blame being apportioned to the coaches, who are seen to be insular, uncritical and may hold an anti-intellectual mindset. Other researchers consider the role of coach education and its lack of engagement with the empirical literature. Finally, but not least, blame is also attributed to the issues of the research and researchers themselves.

While coaches work in an environment where they can continue to practice without any recourse to stay up to date with the latest findings or develop their knowledge bases on a regular basis, it is easy for many S&C coaches to continue with their current practices and approaches. Requirements for licence to practice and a greater possibility for litigation mean that evidence-based practice (EBP) is more easily upheld in medical and health professions. This means socio-political factors, common practice expectations and traditions, as well a personal motivation are critical components to driving what happens in EBP and must be attended to in the longterm by policy makers and governing bodies. Click the link below to read the full open access article:



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