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A Framework for Decision-Making Within Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Till, Kevin, PhD; Muir, Bob, PhD; Abraham, Andrew, PhD; Piggott, Dave, PhD; Tee, Jason, PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 14–26
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000408
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ABSTRACT DECISION-MAKING IS A KEY FACTOR IN DEVELOPING COACH EXPERTISE AND EFFECTIVENESS. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS A FRAMEWORK FOR ENHANCING COACH DECISION-MAKING WITHIN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (S&C). BASED ON THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ATHLETE (THE “WHO”), S&C TRAINING PRINCIPLES AND SPORT DEMANDS (THE “WHAT”), AND LEARNING THEORIES AND BEHAVIOR (THE “HOW”), COACHES CAN ENHANCE S&C PRACTICE (“PLANNING, DELIVERING, AND REFLECTING”). IN ADDITION, UNDERSTANDING CONTEXTUAL CHALLENGES (“CONTEXT, CULTURE, AND POLITICS”) AND OWN BELIEFS, VALUES, AND BEHAVIORS (“SELF”) MUST BE CONSIDERED. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE PRESENTED FOR IMPLEMENTING CONSTRUCTIVELY ALIGNED LEARNING PROGRAMS BASED ON THE DECISION-MAKING FRAMEWORK FOR ENHANCING COACH LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN S&C.

Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Dr. Kevin Till, K.Till@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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

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Kevin Tillis a Professor in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

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Bob Muiris a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

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Andrew Abrahamis a Head of Subject Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

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Dave Piggottis a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

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Jason Teeis a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

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