Coaches’ and Researchers’ Perceptions of the Factors That Influence Knowledge Translation for Coaching in Portugal and Brazil

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Fernando SantosHigher School of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Higher School of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Porto, Portugal
inED, Center for Research and Innovation in Education, Porto, Portugal

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Marta FerreiraHigher School of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal

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Nicholas L. HoltFaculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

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The main objective of this study was to examine Portuguese and Brazilian coaches’ and researchers’ perceptions of the factors that influence the knowledge translation processes in sport. Data were collected via focus groups with 36 coaches and 25 researchers from both countries. Results of a reflexive thematic analysis were captured by the themes: knowledge creation, barriers, knowledge dissemination and knowledge implementation, and evaluation. In both contexts, there was a gap between researchers’ and coaches’ needs, which hindered the knowledge translation process. The lack of partnerships in place between these stakeholders also created difficulties in the process of knowledge translation. Moving forward, universities and polytechnic institutes should forge meaningful partnerships with coaches so they can implement evidence-based practices and use research as a tool for improving the quality of the coaching process.

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