A coach’s roles and responsibilities vary depending on situational factors. However, several characteristics of a coach are recognized as important for success irrespective of the coaching level or ability of the athletes. Physical role modeling is a characteristic largely forgotten in the literature and coaching standards, yet can have important positive or negative outcomes in athlete performance and coach credibility and well-being. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to present a rationale for including physical role modeling within the tenets of coaching roles and responsibilities. Second, practical suggestions are made to demonstrate how physical role modeling can be presented positively, even when physical abilities are limited.
Tim Baghurst is an associate professor of health and human performance at Oklahoma State University, and is the coordinator of both physical education and coaching science. He has had over 75 peer-reviewed articles published across multiple disciplines, but his primary research interests include modeling health in health professions, male body image, coaching ethics, and measurement of physical activity. He is a certified trainer of racquetball coaches and an international referee.
Beau Diehl has is currently the CEO and Founder of Andromeda Psychological Coaching and Research Solutions LLC, which is a consulting company specializing in psychological wellness coaching, external program evaluation for businesses, and higher education statistics and research support for college students. His research specializations consist of transformational leadership styles in coaching, substance use disorders, body image disturbances, eating disorders, and body dysmorphic disorders in both males and females.