Athlete learning in Olympic sport

Barker-Ruchti, N., Rynne, S. R., Lee, J. and Barker, D. M. (2015) Athlete learning in Olympic sport. Sports Coaching Review, 3 2: 162-178. doi:10.1080/21640629.2014.1059136

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Author Barker-Ruchti, N.
Rynne, S. R.
Lee, J.
Barker, D. M.
Title Athlete learning in Olympic sport
Journal name Sports Coaching Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2164-0629
Publication date 2015-07-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21640629.2014.1059136
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 162
End page 178
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract High-performance sport impacts athletes beyond the physical. Coaches and coaching practice are particularly influential in shaping this learning and development. This article examines the learning identified through an inductive content analysis of eight former Olympic athletes’ career narratives. Three phases of learning could be identified across the cohort: ‘Growing into high-performance sport’, ‘Making sense of high-performance sport’, and ‘(Re)shaping high-performance sport’. A cultural perspective of learning, in particular the metaphor of ‘becoming’, is employed to interpret the Olympians’ learning experiences. The findings of this research indicate that athlete learning is bound by particular high-performance sporting contexts and career phases, yet impacted by the athletes’ individual backgrounds and dispositions. Further, data indicate that athletes’ personal development reflexively intertwines with athletic performance and performance enhancement. Implications for coaches are to: (1) involve athletes in co-constructing their sporting cultures and training contexts; and (2) provide possibilities and support for athletes to develop personally.
Keyword High-performance sport
Coaches and coaching practice
Athlete learning
Cultural perspective of learning
Learning as becoming
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Institutional Status UQ

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