Psychological resilience in Olympic medal winning coaches: a longitudinal qualitative study

Sarkar, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8338-8500 and Hilton, N., 2020. Psychological resilience in Olympic medal winning coaches: a longitudinal qualitative study. International Sport Coaching Journal, 7 (2), pp. 209-219. ISSN 2328-918X

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Although there is burgeoning research on resilience in elite athletes, there has been no empirical investigation of resilience in elite coaches. The purpose of this study was to explore psychological resilience in world class coaches and how they develop resilience in athletes. A longitudinal qualitative design was adopted due to the dynamic and temporal nature of resilience. Five Olympic medal winning coaches (4 men and 1 woman) were interviewed twice over a 12-month swimming season. Reflexive thematic analysis was employed to analyse the data. Findings revealed 14 higher-order themes which were categorized into 3 general dimensions: coach stressors (managing the Olympic environment, preparation for major events, coach personal wellbeing, directing an organization), coach protective factors (progressive coaching, coaching support network, maintaining work/life balance, secure working environment, durable motivation, effective decision making), and enhancing resilience in athletes (developing a strong coach-athlete relationship, creating a facilitative environment, developing a resilience process, athlete individual factors). The results are presented to demonstrate the interplay between coach stressors and protective factors over time, which offers an original and significant contribution to the resilience literature by providing a unique insight into the dynamic and temporal nature of resilience in Olympic medal winning coaches.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Resilience in Olympic medal winning coaches [running head]
Publication Title: International Sport Coaching Journal
Creators: Sarkar, M. and Hilton, N.
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date: 2020
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 2328-918X
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 Mar 2020 12:27
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 14:47

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