STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCE SOUND, HOLISTIC ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT LONG-TERM ENGAGEMENT IN SPORT. POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (PYD) IS AN INTENTIONAL PROSOCIAL APPROACH DESIGNED TO SUPPORT GROWTH, LEARNING, AND SUCCESS. THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES ON THE INTERPERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE COACH TO CONSIDER HOW SHE/HE CAN MAKE AND SUSTAIN POSITIVE CONNECTIONS WITH ATHLETES. CONTEXT-SPECIFIC APPLICATION OF THE DEVELOPMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS FRAMEWORK DEMONSTRATES HOW THE COACH CAN INITIATE AND SUSTAIN HIGH-QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS. PYD CONFIRMS THAT YOUTH ATHLETE EMPOWERMENT RELIES ON COACHING PRACTICE THAT INTEGRATES SUPPORT FOR PERSONAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH ALONGSIDE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT.
1Gymnastics Australia, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia; and
2Department of Tourism and Culture, Northern Territory Institute of Sport, Sport and Recreation, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Address correspondence to Dr. Graham Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Graham Turner is a National Elite Coaching Manager at Gymnastics Australia.
Tadek Rudz is a Coach and Athlete Development Consultant (Physical) at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport in Australia.
Loris Bertolacci is a High Performance Manager and Coach and Athlete Development Consultant (Physical) at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport in Australia.