There is a good amount of research out there from a coach’s perspective on what he/she feels creates a caring and positive environment in sports. This new research, however, takes a look at the perspective of former high school athletes and outlines their experiences with coaches, and their takeaways on what stood out as important aspects of past coaches who created a caring environment that influenced not only their sports experience but in many cases, their life as a whole. Four main themes surfaced:
Concepts shared from research by Lori A. Gano-Overway, PhD, CMPC, and PCA National Advisory Board Member
Lori Gano-Overway, PhD, CMPC is an Assistant Professor at James Madison University. Her research interests consist of understanding how the coaching or teaching climate can be structured to provide positive experiences for young people and foster positive youth development.
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