“Opinion and Fact, Perspective and Truth”: Seeking Truthfulness and Integrity in Coaching and Coach Education

Stoszkowski, John Robert orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1968-5770, Macnamara, Aine orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8110-6784, Collins, David John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 and Hodgkinson, Aran orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2310-5804 (2020) “Opinion and Fact, Perspective and Truth”: Seeking Truthfulness and Integrity in Coaching and Coach Education. International Sport Coaching Journal . ISSN 2328-918X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2020-0023


Recent developments have seen a growth in coaching, with an associated boom in interest on how it may be optimised. Clearly, we applaud this evolution. This growth has been paralleled by an explosion in the availability of information, driven through internet access and the phenomenon of social media. Unfortunately, however, this juxtaposition of interest and availability has not been matched by the application or exercise of effective quality control! While much of what is available is well intentioned, a tendency for poor quality and possibly less positively targeted “BS” has also arisen. In this insights paper, we consider some of the reasons why and argue that an emphasis on the development of critical and analytical thinking, as well as a scepticism towards the sources of information, would be a positive step against coach susceptibility to BS. In doing so, and to encourage more critical consumption of the “knowledge” available, we present a checklist to help coaches assess the veracity of claims and sift through the noise of the coaching landscape.

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