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Implementing technical refinement in high-level athletics: exploring the knowledge schemas of coaches

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dc.contributor.author Kearney, Philip Edward
dc.contributor.author Carson, Howie J.
dc.contributor.author Collins, Dave
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-28T10:57:31Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6687
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the approaches adopted by high-level field athletics coaches when attempting to refine an athlete's already well-established technique (long and triple jump and javelin throwing). Six coaches, who had all coached multiple athletes to multiple major championships, took part in semi-structured interviews focused upon a recent example of technique refinement. Data were analysed using a thematic content analysis. The coaching tools reported were generally consistent with those advised by the existing literature, focusing on attaining "buy-in", utilising part-practice, restoring movement automaticity and securing performance under pressure. Five of the six coaches reported using a systematic sequence of stages to implement the refinement, although the number and content of these stages varied between them. Notably, however, there were no formal sources of knowledge (e.g., coach education or training) provided to inform coaches' decision making. Instead, coaches' decisions were largely based on experience both within and outside the sporting domain. Data offer a useful stimulus for reflection amongst sport practitioners confronted by the problem of technique refinement. Certainly the limited awareness of existing guidelines on technique refinement expressed by the coaches emphasises a need for further collaborative work by researchers and coach educators to disseminate best practice. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Sports Sciences; 36 (10), pp. 1118-1126
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2017.1358339
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Journal of Sports Sciences 2018 publication copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2017.1358339 en_US
dc.subject coaching practice en_US
dc.subject the Five-A Model en_US
dc.subject horizontal jumps en_US
dc.subject javelin throwing en_US
dc.title Implementing technical refinement in high-level athletics: exploring the knowledge schemas of coaches en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-03-28T10:48:11Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/02640414.2017.1358339
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2019-01-21
dc.embargo.terms 2019-01-21 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2863469
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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