Decision making and risk management in adventure sports coaching

Collins, L., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7478-1140 and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2013) Decision making and risk management in adventure sports coaching. Quest, 65 (1). pp. 72-82. ISSN 0033-6297

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Adventure sport coaches practice in environments that are dynamic and high in risk, both perceived and actual. The inherent risks associated with these activities, individuals’ responses and the optimal exploitation of both combine to make the processes of risk management more complex and hazardous than the traditional sports where risk management is focused almost exclusively on minimization. Pivotal to this process is the adventure sports coaches’ ability to make effective judgments regarding levels of risk, potential benefits and possible consequences. The exact nature of this decision making process should form the basis of coaching practice and coach education in this complex and dynamic field. This positional paper examines decision making by the adventure sports coach in these complex, challenging environments and seeks to stimulate debate whilst offering a basis for future research into this topic.

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