Profile of Coaching and Coach Education in Mexico

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Ciria Margarita Salazar C. University of Colima

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Pedro Julian Flores Moreno University of Colima

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José Encarnación Del Río Valdivia University of Colima

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Lenin Tlamatini Barajas Pineda University of Colima

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Julio Alejandro Gómez Figueroa Veracruzana University

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Martha Patricia Pérez López University of Colima

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the profile of coaching and coach education in Mexico. Mexico currently plays a prevailing sport role at a Pan-American level. Five types of coaches exist in Mexico: professional, amateur, personal or private, schooling and plainspeople. Each one is defined by the scopes, knowledge and its application, and sporting results achieved. The development of Mexican coaches is based on a traditional training model. It is important that coach developers in Mexico observe the progresses of countries that have advanced in the development of academic improvement programs and coach development opportunities offered through institutes of higher education.

Ciria Margarita Salazar C. has a PhD in physical education and arts from the University of Extremadura. She has a master’s in social sciences. Healthy eating and diploma in research methodology in social sciences. She is a full-time research professor in the faculty of educational sciences of the University of Colima and a member of the national system of researchers, level 1.

Pedro Julián Flores Moreno has a bachelor’s degree in excercise science at ITSON and a master’s degree in sports methodology at UNIVAFU. He is a full time professor and researcher in physical education and sports in the faculty in educational science at the University of Colima.

José Encarnación Del Río Valdivia has a PhD and master’s in physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Colima. He has a diploma in human nutrition and sports training and is a member of the national system of research, level 1. He is a member of the FISU medical commission (2004-2007) and is currently the director of the Faculty of Educational Science of the University of Colima.

Lenin Tlamatini Barajas Pineda has a master’s degree in science of sport and high performance from the University of Football. He is a full time professor and researcher in physical education and sports in the faculty of educational science at the University of Colima. He is author of the book School recess…is it just for play? and several articles, and 10 chapters of compilation books.

Julio Alejandro Gómez Figueroa has a PhD in education and an MSc. in sciences from Veracruzana University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Veracruzana University. He now is doing a postdoctoral stay at University of Costa Rica. He also is principal of the physical education faculty of Veracruzana University and a full-time academic researcher “title C” in this institution.

Martha Patricia Pérez López has a BA in English language, and a BA in physical education from the University of Colima, México, an MA in development of motor functions from the University of Puebla, México. She is a professor in the faculty of educational science, University of Colima. Her research field is coaches’ training.

Address author correspondence to Pedro Julian Flores Moreno at pedrojulian_flores@ucol.mx.
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