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Challenges Experienced by Women High-Performance Coaches: Sustainability in the Profession
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group. University of Ottawa .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9921-6586
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
West Virginia University .
Sheffield Hallam University.
2020 (English)In: International Sport Coaching Journal, ISSN 2328-918X, E-ISSN 2328-9198, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 200-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

High-performance (HP) coaching is a demanding profession. The proportion of woman HP coaches is reported to be in the range of 8.4–20%. Mental health concerns in elite sports have recently gained attention, but mainly focusing on athletes. Beyond coach burnout, limited attention has been given to coaches' mental health. A recent coach burnout review included only one paper that focused exclusively on women. It has been argued that women HP coaches face greater challenges in a male-dominated coaching culture. The purpose of this study was to explore challenges experienced by women HP coaches and their perceived associations with sustainability and mental health. Thirty-seven female HP coaches participated by answering a semistructured, open-ended questionnaire. All responses were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis, which resulted in two general dimensions: challenges of working as women HP coaches and sustainability and well-being as women HP coaches. Overall, results indicate that challenges reported might be common not only for all HP coaches, but also highlight gender-specific elements. Consequently, coach retention and sustainability would benefit from more attention on well-being and mental health among HP coaches.

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Human Kinetics, 2020. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 200-208
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coaching; female; mental health
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-6172DOI: 10.1123/iscj.2019-0029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-6172DiVA, id: diva2:1428635
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