Am I just not good enough? The creation, development and questioning of a high performance coaching identity

Purdy, Laura and Potrac, Paul (2016) Am I just not good enough? The creation, development and questioning of a high performance coaching identity. Sport, Education and Society, 21 (5). pp. 778-795. ISSN 1357-3322

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2014.941795

Abstract

While the career experiences and trajectories of various sports workers have received increased scholarly attention, those of professional coaches have, in comparison, received scant consideration. This paper focuses on the career experiences of Maeve (a pseudonym), a high performance coach, and the critical incidents related to the creation, development, and, ultimately, questioning of her professional identity. Data were collected through a series of narrative-biographical interviews and were subject to a process of iterative data analysis. The results indicated that her significant investment into her coaching self, combined with the vagaries and uncertain nature of work in high performance coaching, led her to experience a biographical disruption that interrupted the narrative coherence of her coaching life. The findings add further credence to recent critiques of only understanding and representing coaching careers in a linear and chronically staged fashion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Career, High-performance Sport, Sports Coaching, Identity, Narrative-biographical
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 11:47
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 11:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35095

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