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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31825ab193
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Apprenticeship and Mentoring Relationships in Strength and Conditioning: The Importance of Physical and Cognitive Skill Development

Magnusen, Marshall J. PhD; Petersen, Jeffrey PhD

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Abstract

SUMMARY: THE EXPANDING STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSION NECESSITATES GREATER EMPHASIS UPON THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF NOVICE COACHES. THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES AN APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK OF THE MENTORING PROCESS IN A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CONTEXT. BECAUSE THE APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK IS TRADITIONALLY UNDERSTOOD IN TERMS OF ACQUIRING PHYSICAL SKILLS, WE MAKE NOTE OF HOW THIS PROCESS ALSO INCLUDES A COGNITIVE COMPONENT THAT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO STRENGTH COACHES AND THEIR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE CAREER SUCCESS. THE COGNITIVE COMPONENT IS CENTERED ON LEARNING TO NAVIGATE THE COMPLEX WORLD OF ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION BEING PAID TO THE CONCEPT OF POLITICAL SKILL.

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