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PMID:  22820209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this investigation was to explore the career experiences of Australian strength and conditioning coaches. Six Australian strength and conditioning coaches (mean age = 33.7 years, SD = 6.0 years) with a mean of 10.4 (SD = 4.9) years' experience working with elite Olympic and professional athletes were interviewed about their experiences of career development. Each interview was transcribed verbatim and analysed to produce key themes and sub-themes relating to: 1) work environments; 2) sport management practice; 3) career development processes: and 3) career building strategies. The work environments of Australian strength and conditioning coaches were found to be poor due to long working hours and irregular human resource policy and management practices of sport organisations. Due to the volatile and unpredictable nature of their working conditions, the coaches interviewed have only a short-term view of their career creating considerable stress in their lives. The coaches interviewed found it difficult to develop their careers as their only options were self-supported and self-funded professional development activities. The coaches in this study believed that more needed to be done at a policy and management level by sport organisations and their professional body to enhance the career development of strength and conditioning coaches as they play a key role in both athlete and sport organisation performance. These results may help sport organisations develop policies and management practices that enhance the careers of strength and conditioning coaches and will have important practical implications for the education and development of sport professionals.
Andrew J Dawson; Zane M Leonard; Kylie A Wehner; Paul B Gastin;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC, 3125. Australia.
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