Research on Positive Youth Development-focused Coach Education Programs: Future Pathways and Applications

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  • 1 Polytechnic Institute of Porto
  • 2 Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo
  • 3 inED, Center for Research and Innovation in Education
  • 4 Michigan State University
  • 5 University of Manitoba
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Research on positive youth development (PYD)-focused coach education programs have provided valuable insights on how to increase youth sport coaches’ ability to facilitate PYD. Variables such as key program stakeholders’ behaviors (e.g., parents) and course instructors’ behaviors, however, have not been studied. This paper offers suggestions for conceptualizing and organizing research on PYD-focused coach education programs and interventions that expand beyond coaches. Specifically, research on PYD-focused coach education programs should consider including sport leaders and parents in such interventions, and provide training for coach instructors to teach youth sport coaches how to facilitate PYD. Conducting this type of research will help researchers have greater real world impact and facilitate an understanding of the sustainability of PYD behaviors.

Fernando Santos is with the Higher School of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal; Higher School of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Porto, Portugal; and inED, Center for Research and Innovation in Education, Porto, Portugal. Daniel Gould is with the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Leisha Strachan is with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Fernando Santos at fsantos@ese.ipp.pt.
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