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Scott Rathwell and Bradley W. Young

questioned where athletes learned to contribute, finding that teammates, coaches, and members of the athletic department exposed athletes to opportunities to contribute to society. Further, athletes described how other athletes helped them manage their time and supported their contributive efforts. One

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Kurtis Pankow, Amber D. Mosewich and Nicholas L. Holt

Coach education programs, and the study of coaching development, tend to focus on the acquisition of technical and tactical knowledge ( Erickson, Bruner, MacDonald, & Côté, 2008 ; Lemyre, Trudel, & Durand-Bush, 2007 ) rather than how coaches learn to lead athletes. Leadership requires more than

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Laura St. Germain, Amanda M. Rymal and David J. Hancock

described deliberate play as a critical component of elite performance, whereby athletes learn skills through exploration and creativity. Though elite sport performance is influenced by several other factors (e.g., genetics, psychology, access to coaches, social support, and birth advantages; see Baker

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Scott Douglas, William R. Falcão and Gordon A. Bloom

In 1986, the U.S. Olympic Committee on Sport for the Disabled concluded that advancing disability sport would require empirical coaching research specific to this domain, as well as attention to the selection and training programs of these coaches ( Reid & Prupas, 1998 ). More than a decade after

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Paul G. Schempp and Sophie Woorons

Olympians pushing the limits of human performance, medical doctors discovering ways of fighting debilitating diseases, coaches finding fresh solutions to athlete development challenges—experts in every discipline make a difference in people’s daily lives. Experts are those who possess “the

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Julia Allain, Gordon A. Bloom and Wade D. Gilbert

Inspired by true stories, Hollywood films have recounted some of the most memorable sports moments, which highlighted the role of the coach during the intermissions of competition. For instance, Friday Night Lights shared the story of an American high school football team. In this movie, Coach

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Graig M. Chow, Matthew D. Bird, Stinne Soendergaard and Yanyun Yang

negative consequences such as experiencing blackouts, which are red flags for developing alcohol addiction, as well as academic and athletic performance consequences ( Hainline, Bell, & Wilfret, 2014 ; Brenner & Swanik, 2007 ). Given the potential negative impact on performance, coaches have an

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Beth G. Clarkson, Elwyn Cox and Richard C. Thelwell

Background In stark contrast to a significant growth in women’s participation in football (soccer) over the past 20 years, such growth is not reflected in the number of women coaches at all levels of expertise ( Williams, 2013 ). Recent reports indicate that 80% of coaching positions in European

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Alixandra N. Krahn

Despite a range of initiatives aimed at improving the numbers and experiences of women in sport coaching, Canadian women continue to have limited opportunities to get into and to stay in sport coaching ( CSPS, 2017 ; Demers & Kerr, 2018 ). The highest levels of coaching within Canada include

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Leslie K. Larsen and Christopher J. Clayton

Over the past four decades, the percentage of US women working in many professions has increased significantly ( LaVoi, 2016a ). However, this trend does not hold true for women coaching in sport. Prior to the passing of Title IX in 1972, over 90% of collegiate women’s sports were coached by women