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Reflective Practice for Rugby Union Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Handcock, Phil PhD; Cassidy, Tania PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 41–45
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000020
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ABSTRACT: STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING FOR TEAM SPORTS, SUCH AS RUGBY UNION, IS CHALLENGING. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE EMERGING DISCUSSIONS OCCURRING WITHIN THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHING COMMUNITY ON THE MERITS OF BECOMING A REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONER. MANY FRAMEWORKS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED TO SUPPORT PRACTITIONERS TO REFLECT ON THEIR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE SUGGEST THAT VAN MANEN'S FRAMEWORK COULD BE USED TO SUPPORT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES TO REFLECT ON THEIR PRACTICES AND THE SOCIAL CONTEXT IN WHICH THOSE PRACTICES OCCUR AND TO DEVELOP THE CONFIDENCE TO ENGAGE IN HIGHER ORDER THINKING. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE VIDEO, SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A129.

School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand

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

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Phil Handcock is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago.

Tania Cassidy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago.

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