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Empowering Coaching features in “The Images of Research Exhibition 2013”
Research-based evidence is at the heart of Empowering Coaching. Nathan Smith (PhD student at University of Birmingham) presented this striking image at the recent "The Images of Research Exhibition 2013", tadalafil 18 March 2013, University of Birmingham. This visually stimulating exhibition displayed images of research which is currently being undertaken by postgraduate researchers at the University of Birmingham. The type of research captured in this picture is an example of our work that will contribute to understanding of the empowering and disempowering features of the motivational climate evident in youth sport.
Nathan explains, "The photograph portrays a methodology for examining the real-life interactions that take place between a coach and his/her athletes. Research suggests that the environment created by a coach impacts upon the quality of an athlete’s motivation, or more simply, the reasons they choose to take part in sport. At present, most of the research examining the effect of coaching environments on athletes’ motivation and outcomes, such as enjoyment and satisfaction, is conducted using self-report questionnaires. This research aimed to develop a rating system that could be used to complement the more traditional questionnaire approach. As part of the research, grassroots football coaches across Europe were recorded during training sessions and matches. Using the recordings, we developed a measurement instrument that draws from two widely used theories of motivation to provide a more objective assessment of the ‘motivational environment’ a coach creates for their athletes. The newly developed observational system has been used to examine coaches’ awareness of their behaviour; whether there are observable differences between what coaches do in training sessions and in matches; and to determine the effectiveness of a training programme designed to foster more empowering and adaptive motivational environments for athletes taking part in sport".

Research-based evidence is at the heart of Empowering Coaching. Nathan Smith (PhD student at University of Birmingham) presented this striking image at the recent "The Images of Research Exhibition 2013", 18 March 2013, University of Birmingham.

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