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Parameterising expertise in coaching: Past, present and future
  Research into expertise is increasing across a number of domains pertinent to sport. Whilst this increase is particularly apparent in coaching, a key question is how to identify an expert coach? Accordingly, this paper draws upon existing studies into expert coaches to address this issue; in particular, the criteria used to select expert coaches for research purposes and the methods used in expert coach research. Based on these data, we contend that the elements of expertise are not fully reflected within currently accepted criteria which, in turn, results in expert coaching research not necessarily identifying the appropriate individuals to study. The paper concludes with recommendations for more rigorous criteria for selecting expert coaches and highlights the associated implications for the future training and development of expert coaches.

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    08 May 2012

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    Informa UK Limited

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    RC1200 Sports Medicine

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Nash, C., Martindale, R., Collins, D., & Martindale, A. (2012). Parameterising expertise in coaching: Past, present and future. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30(10), 985-994.



Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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