Interpersonal Dynamics in Sport

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Nadina Ayer


The purpose of this paper was threefold: 1) to provide an understanding of interpersonal dynamics, namely the coach-athlete relationship and its key elements, 2) to identify vital issues and debates of past research, and 3) to present implications for practice and future research. Nine propositions were developed. The literature review revealed that successful relationships consist of communication, collaboration, and empathy. Past research showed “cooperative coaching style” to be effective and desired by athletes. The main issue of past research included a one-sided view of the relationship. Future research utilizing various methodological and theoretical approaches in understanding the relationship at different stages is needed. Cross-cultural and longitudinal research on the topic in various contexts is also recommended. Practically, it is recommended that national sport organizations offering coaching courses provide education on achievement of effective relationships.



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Recreational Sport Administration
Author Biography

Nadina Ayer, University of Waterloo

PhD Candidate,  Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies