[Truncated] There is reason to believe that coach support can have an important influence on how athletes cope with the stresses of injury and rehabilitation. The overall purpose of this program of research was to investigate issues related to coach support in the sport injury context. In Study 1, high performance athletes were interviewed and asked to comment on the stresses of sport injury and the type of coach support needed throughout the injury period. Study 2 was also a qualitative investigation. In this instance, elite level coaches were asked to share their perspectives on the stresses of sport injury and the coach's role in athlete recovery. Study 3 involved the development and testing of the Coach Support Inventory, an instrument designed to assess athlete perceptions of coach support needed, coach support received and satisfaction with coach support. One of the aims of the study was to determine the tenability of person-environment fit theory as a means of accounting for athlete satisfaction with coach support.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2002|
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