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skitson
Sion Kitson said:
Fantastic read. I still feel this is an element of athletic success coaches can continue to develop to positively impact outcome. Raising awareness around the powers of the coach-athlete relationship and educating coaches to fully understand its potential are great starting points. http://www.leapwithus.org.uk/events/power-and-the-coach-athlete-relationship/
08/06/16
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charlesinfurna
Dr. Jowett,

I am a big fan of your work and regularly read your articles. In your professional opinion, do you think coaches can be taught how to develop higher quality relationships with their athletes? In my short career as a throwing coach at a Division III College in New York State, USA, I have found that the athletes who tend to perform better (throw farther in the discus, hammer, javelin, and shot-put) have a had a better relationship with me than their peers have. If the quality relationship is a predictor of success, can those relationship skills be taught?

It seems that, in my opinion, a quality relationship cannot be forced upon a coach and athlete. They have to occur naturally, and need to be nurtured and developed, which in turn may lead to higher quality athlete performances. Your thoughts?

My best,

Charles J. Infurna
07/10/16
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sophia
Sophia Jowett said:
Hi Charles,

Thank you for your comment. It is the realisation that the quality of the coach-athlete relationship plays a significant role in performance success (or failure) that has motivated over the past 20 years our research. Your experience adds to the evidence that the coach-athlete relationship matter. The relationship is a medium that can help coaches get the best out of their athletes. The relationship is an active ingredient in successful and effective coaching. Thus coaches will do well to pay attention to the relationships they form with each one athlete in their squad or team. Our view has been that “relationship” is a skill and like any skill it can be taught/learned. The 3+1Cs (Closeness, Commitment, Complementarity and Co-orientation) model has allowed us to tangibly capture a rather complex and illusive concept such as the relationship coaches and athletes develop. With the 3+1Cs model in mind, strategies or guidelines have been developed to enhance closeness (via trust, respect, appreciation), commitment (via sacrifice, accommodation), and complementarity (via collaboration, responsiveness, receptiveness) as well as co-orientation (via communication - being on the same page). As we all know relationships require time, effort and energy – they won’t be developed or maintained if the coach and athlete (!!) don't pay the necessary attention.

With best wishes,
Sophia
07/10/16
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