Athlete Centred Approach - Beginning the Process in Junior Teams



Publication Details

Forrest, G. (2017). Athlete Centred Approach - Beginning the Process in Junior Teams. In S. Pill (Ed.), Perspectives on Athlete Centred Coaching (pp. 171-180). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


Over the past decade, there has been a renewed call for increasing athlete independence in coaching in sporting environments. Central to this are athlete-centred approaches, which have been promoted as an innovative approach "enabling athletes to succeed in and enjoy their sport participation" (Kidman & Lombardo, 2010, p. 16). Advocates suggest an athlete-centred approach allows athletes to gain control over their own athletic lives and take greater ownership and personal responsibility for their decisions (Kidman & Lombardo, 2010). DeSouza and Oslin (2008) also suggest an athlete-centred approach provides better opportunities for individual growth in the physical, cognitive, social and affective aspects, leading to improved decision-making, engagement, communication, competence and motivation. It is postulated that this provision leads to improved athlete autonomy and allows them a greater range of choices in relation to learning experiences used in sport (Kidman & Lombardo, 2010). This is, in part, because an athlete-centred approach should enable athletes to develop their own solutions to the many variations in play via the pedagogical aspects used in the approach

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