Conceptualizing the adventure-sports coach

Collins, L., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7478-1140 and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2012) Conceptualizing the adventure-sports coach. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 12 (1). pp. 81-93. ISSN 1472-9679

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As a comparatively recent development, the adventure-sports coach struggles for a clear and distinct identity. The generic term ‘instructor’ no longer characterizes the role and function of this subgroup of outdoor professionals. Indeed, although the fields of adventure/outdoor education and leadership are comparatively well researched, the arrival of this ‘new kid on the block’ appears to challenge both the adventure-sports old guard and traditional views of sports coaching. In an attempt to offer clarity and stimulate debate, this paper attempts to conceptualize the adventure-sports coach in the context of the existing roles in the field and current motivations for activity in the outdoors. We identify issues that are specific to the adventure-sports coach while also recognizing those skills and competencies shared with other professionals, both in the adventure sports profession and traditional sports coaching fields. Based on this review, we offer a conceptual model which may be used to focus debate, stimulate research and, at a possible later stage, to underpin accreditation, training and professional development.

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