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Effects of a Training Program to Enhance Autonomy Supportive Behaviors among Youth Soccer Coaches
Health and Kinesiology Faculty Publications
  • Jody L. Langdon, Georgia Southern University
  • Robert Schlote
  • Brandonn Harris, Georgia Southern University
  • Glenn Burdette, Georgia Southern University
  • Sara Rothberger
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This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and implementation of a training emphasizing the use of autonomy supportive coaching behaviors among youth soccer coaches in game-play situations as well as evaluating its effects on motivational processes among athletes. Participants included youth sport soccer coaches and their intact teams. Coaches received a series of autonomy-supportive coaching training interventions based on successful programs in general and physical education (Reeve, Jang, Carrell, Jeon & Barch, 2004; Cheon, Reeve & Moon, 2012). Athletes completed questionnaires to assess perceived autonomy support, basic need satisfaction, and motivation (Harris & Watson, 2011). Observations indicated coaches were not able to significantly modify their behaviors, yet reflectively reported modest implementation of autonomy supportive behaviors. Coaches believed the training influenced their coaching style/philosophy in regards to the coach-athlete relationship and communication styles, emphasizing choice and rationales. Continued research is needed to enhance use of autonomy supportive behaviors with volunteer coaches in a youth sport environment.

Article under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. Article obtained from the Journal of Human Sport and Exercise.

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Jody L. Langdon, Robert Schlote, Brandonn Harris, Glenn Burdette, et al.. "Effects of a Training Program to Enhance Autonomy Supportive Behaviors among Youth Soccer Coaches" Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 1 - 14
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