Master of Science (MSc)
Faculty of Science
Dr. Jill Tracey
The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of the role of the coach in the recovery of injured youth athletes. Using qualitative methods, the experiences of 11 male coaches of male youth athletes (14-18 years) in competitive football, basketball, and hockey teams, in five Ontario communities were examined. Data were collected through a demographic questionnaire, interviews, and researcher field notes. Three themes emerged through analysis (communication, support and structure, and knowledge of the individual athlete) that suggested coaches contributed to both the physical and psychological recovery of their athletes, as part of a team that also included the athlete, other coaches, trainers, health practitioners and parents. Results are discussed based on these themes, study strengths and limitations, as well as future considerations.
Smith, Leanne, "THE TEAM APPROACH TO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION OF INJURED ATHLETES: WHAT IS THE COACH’S ROLE ANYWAY?" (2015). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 1750.