Examining the impact of coaching for independence in adventure sports

Eastabrook, Chris, Collins, Loel, Taylor, Robin D. and Richards, Pamela orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4242-981X (2023) Examining the impact of coaching for independence in adventure sports. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning . pp. 1-20. ISSN 1472-9679

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2023.2295846


This study of adventure sports learners expands on earlier work on adventure sports coaching. We examine learners’ perceptions of their coaching and its effect on their self-efficacy and independence as adventure sports performers. We utilise a convergent mixed approach that deploys the Outdoor Recreation Self-Efficacy Scale, pre- and post-coaching, and a reflexive thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews. The findings indicate improved self-efficacy and greater independence as a result of the coach’s practice, supporting our initial conjecture that the adventure sports coaches in this study developed independence as a definable outcome of their coaching practice.

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