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Learning to Coach: A Qualitative Case Study of Phillip Fulmer

Brian T. Gearity, Bettina Callary, and Phillip Fulmer

The purpose of this study was to explore former NCAA FBS National Champion football coach Phillip Fulmer’s biography to understand how his knowledge and practices were learned from various sociocultural experiences. The participant, Phillip Fulmer, former head football coach of the University of Tennessee (UT; 1992–2008), participated in multiple sports as a youth, played football at UT, and coached for over 30 years. A qualitative case study design with in-depth interviews was used to understand his experiences and developmental path as he learned to coach. The findings reveal four key developmental stages: athlete, graduate assistant, assistant coach, and head coach. Fulmer’s earliest learning experiences would later guide his coaching beliefs, values, and actions.

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Examining Institutional Entrepreneurship in the Passage of Youth Sport Concussion Legislation

Landy Di Lu and Kathryn L. Heinze

to examine the activities and tactics of two coalitions of organizations and individuals involved in passing youth sport concussion legislation. A qualitative case study offers a rich, in-depth description of a phenomenon, event, or process in a particular context ( Yin, 2009 ) and, thus, is well

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The Cognitive Component of Elite High Jumpers’ Preperformance Routines

Thomas Gretton, Lindsey Blom, Dorice Hankemeier, and Lawrence Judge

Preperformance routines are microlevel performance processes utilized by athletes to facilitate the attainment of an optimal state and enhance the chance for successful performance. Despite continued examination of these routines, only a small proportion of research has been directed toward the cognitive component of these routines. This study explored the cognitive component of elite high jumpers’ preperformance routines, and specifically the consistency of the cognitive content (i.e., psychological skills and strategies). Data were acquired over an 8-week high-jump season and subjected to inductive thematic analysis. Results revealed the consistent implementation of the cognitive content (e.g., visualization) but an inconsistent design of this content (i.e., the content of the visualization). Furthermore, results underline the critical role of high-jump coaches and an athlete’s need to be adaptable and competent in utilizing various types of preperformance routine. This study offers valuable insight into the complexities and inconsistencies of the cognitive component of high jumpers’ preperformance routines.

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Physical Literacy (Mis)understandings: What do Leading Physical Education Teachers Know About Physical Literacy?

Daniel B. Robinson, Lynn Randall, and Joe Barrett

understood by PE teachers, provincial lead PE teachers were invited to participate in a qualitative case study in which they were interviewed about their understanding of physical literacy. This initial exploratory investigation allowed for a consideration of what lead PE teachers think and know about a

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Preservice Teachers’ Implementation of Cooperative Learning in Chinese Physical Education

Wen Xiong, Rod Philpot, Penelope W. St J. Watson, and Ben Dyson

their implementation of CL to the context of student-teaching. Methods Research Design An interpretative qualitative case study approach was utilized to investigate how the PSTs implement CL in their student-teaching. The interpretive qualitative approach is suitable for the current study due to its

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Socializing Influences in the Careers of South Korean Female Physical Educators

Okseon Lee, Kevin Andrew Richards, Yeri Hong, and Youngjoon Kim

inquiry: (a) How did South Korean female physical educators experience gendered elements of their work? and (b) what strategies did they report using to navigate gendered experiences in the workplace? Methods This study adopted a qualitative case study design ( Creswell & Creswell, 2018 ; Stake, 2005

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Developing a Pedagogy of Restorative Physical Education

Michael A. Hemphill, Yongsun Lee, Sarah Ragab, Jeremy Rinker, and Omari L. Dyson

school. A qualitative case study approach ( Yin, 2003 ) is employed to examine the development of an alternative physical education program through a university–community partnership. Community Partnership and Context This research is situated in what Milner ( 2012 ) classifies as an “urban emergent

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Broadening Horizons: A Case Study of an International Partnership to Promote Sport, Positive Youth Development, and Literacy

Ray N. Fredrick III, Risto Marttinen, Kelly Johnston, and Juana Fernandez

from adult mentors who serve as coaches to facilitate the learning sessions ( Johnston et al., 2019 ). The program ran from May 2019 to March 2020 when Jasmine, the PC volunteer leading the program, had to evacuate due to COVID-19. To examine the research questions, this qualitative case study

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A Qualitative Examination of Online Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Observational Preferences Within Physical Education

Ken Murfay, Sarah Pyszczynski, and Heather Erwin

. Methods Based on the literature review, there is a need for more qualitative research on online PE during the pandemic and observational learning within PE. Therefore, this qualitative case study used interviews to examine students’: (a) perceptions of online PE during the pandemic and compare how it felt

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Mentoring Identity and the Motivation to Mentor: A Case Study of an Exemplary Peer Athlete Mentor

Matt Hoffmann, Todd Loughead, and Jeffrey Caron

.C. , & Smith , B. ( 2014 ). Qualitative research methods in sport, exercise and health: From process to product . New York, NY : Routledge . Stake , R.E. ( 2005 ). Qualitative case studies . In N.K. Denzin & Y.S. Lincoln (Eds.), The Sage handbook of qualitative research ( 3rd ed. , pp.  443