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Long-term impact of the coach-athlete relationship on development, health, and wellbeing: stories from a figure skater.

Kuhlin, F., Barker-Ruchti, N. and Stewart, C., 2019. Long-term impact of the coach-athlete relationship on development, health, and wellbeing: stories from a figure skater. Sports Coaching Review. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2019.1620016

Abstract

Coaches have been shown to detriment athletes’ health, wellbeing and development. Knowledge of this long-term effect and what it means for athletes to live with such stories is under-explored. Using self-narrative, we examine the longlasting impact of the coach-athlete relationship in the stories of a former figure skater, Fanny. Guided by Arthur Frank’s dialogical analysis, we present creative non-fictional stories to show how Fanny made sense of her figure skating experiences, which were framed by a sport investment narrative and a career-wrecking injury that terminated her dream of becoming a professional figure skater. We suggest that if handled as an act of self-care, storytelling can re-configure the dominant coach-athlete relationship and sport investment narrative and help athletes to understand and reconstruct their stories. Finally, we reflect upon the impact of Fanny’s story on her advisers and consider the pedagogical implications of such narrative work in sport coaching and sport education.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2164-0629
Uncontrolled Keywords:Narrative; socio-narratology; figure skating; ice skating; long-term health; auto-ethnography
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:32361
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:05 Jun 2019 13:03
Last Modified:10 Jun 2019 11:52

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