Applying Behavior Management Strategies in a Sport-Coaching Context

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Brooke Elizabeth Harris-ReevesGriffith University, Australia

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James SkinnerGriffith University, Australia

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Peter MilburnGriffith University, Australia

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Greg ReddanGriffith University, Australia

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Sport coaching is a multifaceted profession with many responsibilities. Coaches can have a profound effect on athletes that can be both positive and negative. Coaches have the ability to motivate athletes and increase their self-esteem. Conversely, negative effects of coaching may include athlete drop-outs, injuries, and loss of confidence. Coaches need to manage the coaching environment and create positive surroundings to ensure that athletes achieve their optimum potential. Managing a coaching environment refers to how coaches establish and maintain order. This paper explores the literature on behavior management in education and sport settings and aims to contribute to sport-coaching knowledge. General coaching tips for managing athlete behavior are suggested along with examples of potential coaching strategies.

Brooke Elizabeth Harris-Reeves, Peter Milburn, and Greg Reddan are with the Faculty of Health and James Skinner is with the Griffith Business School at Griffith University.

Correspondence concerning this paper should be addressed to b.harris-reeves@griffith.edu.au.
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