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  • Exploring the context of coached masters swim programs: a narrative approach.

    Author(s) : Rathwell, S.Callary, B.Young, B. W.

    Author Affiliation : School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    Journal article : International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 2015 Vol.9 No.1 pp.70-88

    Abstract : Knowing the psychosocial themes in a specific sport context allows us to understand athletes' experiences and informs approaches of coaches (Côté et al., 1995) and sport programmers (Danish et al., 2005). Few qualitative studies focus on psychosocial conditions of adult athletes in coached sport settings. The purpose of this study was to capture important psychosocial themes from the perspective of Masters swimmers involved in day-to-day coached swimmingswimmingSubject Category: Activities
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    environments. Data were collected using semistructured open-ended interviews with 10 competitive swimmers (5 male, 5 female; M age=53 years; age range: 45-65 years). Analyses revealed four over-arching themes that represented athletes' (a) motives for swimming, (b) perspectives on competition, (c) experiences specific to being a Masters swimmer, and (d) perspectives on being coached. Using a qualitative narrative approach (Denison, 2010), we developed three narrative profiles to depict how our Masters swimmers had different experiences relating to these themes. Our discussion focuses on how swimmers' understanding of the four over-arching themes depends on their profile.

    ISSN : 1932-9997

    DOI : 10.1123/ijare.2014-0068

    Record Number : 20153138765

    Publisher : Human Kinetics

    Location of publication : Leeds

    Country of publication : UK

    Language of text : English

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    Descriptor(s) : coachingcoachingSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , motivationmotivationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , psychosocial aspectspsychosocial aspectsSubject Category: Properties
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    , swimmingswimmingSubject Category: Activities
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