Am I just not good enough? The creation, development and questioning of a high performance coaching identity

Laura Purdy, Paul Potrac

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Abstract

While the career experiences and trajectories of various sports workers have received increased scholarly attention, those of professional coaches have, in comparison, received scant consideration. This paper focuses on the career experiences of Maeve (a pseudonym), a high performance coach, and the critical incidents related to the creation, development, and, ultimately, questioning of her professional identity. Data were collected through a series of narrative-biographical interviews and were subject to a process of iterative data analysis. The results indicated that her significant investment into her coaching self, combined with the vagaries and uncertain nature of work in high performance coaching, led her to experience a biographical disruption that interrupted the narrative coherence of her coaching life. The findings add further credence to recent critiques of only understanding and representing coaching careers in a linear and chronically staged fashion
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-795
Number of pages18
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume21
Issue number5
Early online date6 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Career
  • High-performance Sport
  • Identity
  • Narrative-biographical
  • Sports Coaching

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