The Experiential Nature of Coach Education Within a Positive Youth Development Perspective: Implications for Practice and Research

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  • 1 University of New Hampshire
  • 2 Polytechnic Institute of Porto
  • 3 Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo
  • 4 Centre for Research and Innovation in Education (inED)
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Coaches’ role in positive youth development (PYD) has been extensively studied around the globe. Coach education has been considered crucial in helping foster PYD outcomes, such as emotional regulation, goal setting, and leadership. Thus, several researchers have attempted to provide a comprehensive understanding about how experiential learning could be utilized within PYD-focused coach education programs. The purpose of this article was to provide insight on the implications for research and practice associated with the integration of experiential learning opportunities within PYD-focused coach education. The authors shed light on how the existent literature on experiential learning may help bridge the gap between the delivery of PYD-focused coach education programs and actual coaching practices. Implications for research and practice are discussed in order to provide insight on how PYD-focused coach education programs could be configured to effectively train coaches and enhance their ability to promote PYD outcomes, such as life skill development, among youth athletes across a range of contexts.

Newman is with the Department of Social Work, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA. Santos, Cardoso, and Pereira are with the School of Higher Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal. Santos is also with the School of Higher Education, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Santos and Pereira are also with the Centre for Research and Innovation in Education (inED), Porto, Portugal.

Newman (tarkington.newman@unh.edu) is corresponding author.
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