The present investigation was designed to develop a profile of the coaching education background and self-perceived coaching education needs of elite U.S. amateur sport coaches. In all, 130 national team, Pan American, and/or Olympic coaches representing more than 30 U.S. Olympic structure sports were surveyed. Results revealed that the coaches were extremely interested in coaching education workshops and seminars, initiating mentor coach programs for potential elite coaches, and participating in a variety of coaching science courses. Few consistent differences were found between the various categories of coaches (individual vs. team sport, open vs. closed sport, experienced vs. inexperienced, male vs. female, and physical education degree vs. non physical education degree) in terms of their coaching education background and needs. Implications for university based coaching education efforts are discussed.
Daniel Gould, John Giannini, Vikki Krane and Ken Hodge
Mikel Zabala, Jaime Morente-Sánchez, Manuel Mateo-March and Daniel Sanabria
This study addresses performance-enhancement drug (PED) consumption in amateur sport by investigating the relationship between psychosocial factors and PED use in amateur cyclists. Participants were asked whether they had ever taken PED. They were also asked whether they had any experience in competitive cycling, and the degree to which they participated in the event with a competitive aim. In addition, they completed the Performance Enhancement Attitude Scale, the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, and a bespoke self-efficacy questionnaire, and they rated the percentage of cyclists they believed took PED. Between-groups comparisons and two multiple regression analyses were performed. Overall, the results of our study point to adult amateur cyclists in general, and amateur cyclists with experience in competition in particular, as groups at risk for PED use. This study highlights the value of measuring psychosocial variables as a tool to assess PED use, a current issue at both sport performance and health levels.
Anne O’Dwyer and Richard Bowles
, 2018 ) has recommended that coach education research include nonelite contexts and employ greater methodological diversity. This Insight paper is based on experiences of coach learning using a methodology not widely used in coach learning within an amateur sport setting. Improving the quality of
Kyle Paquette, Pierre Trudel, Tiago Duarte and Glenn Cundari
education. He is also a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. In addition to his long-term appointment in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, he works as a mental performance consultant for multiple Canadian amateur sport programs. He has supported numerous