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Professional Development in Strength and Conditioning Coaching Through Informal Mentorship: A Practical Pedagogical Guide for Practitioners

Grant, Matthew A. PhD1; Dorgo, Sandor PhD, CSCS2; Griffin, Michael PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 63–69
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000033
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ABSTRACT: RECENT SPORT AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (SC) COACHING LITERATURE HAS SUGGESTED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MENTORING WITHIN A FORMAL EDUCATIONAL SETTING DUE TO ITS RECOGNIZED INFLUENCE UPON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ESPECIALLY EARLY IN A CAREER. HOWEVER, INFORMAL MENTORING, OCCURRING OUTSIDE A STRUCTURED CURRICULAR PROGRAM, HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PRACTICE FOR MANY COACHES ENTERING THE PROFESSION. AN SC COACH SEEKING A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO LOCATE DEVELOPMENTAL LITERATURE TO GUIDE THE ESTABLISHMENT. THEREFORE, THE CURRENT ARTICLE SEEKS TO SUPPLY PRACTICAL GUIDELINES, BASED UPON SPORT AND SC COACHING LITERATURE, TO ASSIST COACHES IN ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE INFORMAL MENTORING RELATIONSHIP. A VIDEO ABSTRACT DESCRIBING THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND IN SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A133).

1Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia; and

2Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Matthew A. Grant is an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Valdosta State University.

Sandor Dorgo is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Michael Griffin is a professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Valdosta State University.

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