A little less conversation: a little more (relational) action please. A fictional dialogue of integrating theory into coaching practice

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This paper presents a fictional dialogue that supports the application of theory in coaching pedagogy. The ‘constraints led approach’ (CLA) is promoted throughout in conversation form, providing pedagogic solutions in response to the decaying performance levels of a fictitious football team. This deterioration is linked to ‘poor’ coaching and the merits of a more innovative pedagogy through a discussion between ‘manager’ and ‘coach’ are presented. Recommendations are made with particular reference to developing games players, who are skilful, perceptive and intelligent, through being able to initiate and modify actions in dynamic contexts. Through substantiating a platform for both changing perceptions about coaching practice and challenging assumptions about learning, such accessibility to unfamiliar knowledge(s) can allow coaches to clearly consider possibilities for change. It is further suggested that through embracing the use of novel methodologies to consider unfamiliar theoretical territory, this demonstrates a responsibility to close and not widen a theory-practice gap. Acutely aware that when considering the wider context, current mainstream approaches to coach education are largely inefficient in overcoming a hardened realism gained in the field. By presenting Mark (coach) as ‘theoretical negotiator’, this paper emphasizes the potency of experimenting with nuanced methods that can be part of an academic process to help shape more theoretically literate coaches.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSports Coaching Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2016


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