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It has been suggested that sport is increasingly becoming a ‘no-touch zone’ as some coaches, driven by a desire for selfprotection, restrict their use of physical contact with (child) athletes in the belief that this reduces their risk of being accused of abuse. Research on coachathlete physical contact is limited, however, and no studies have yet explored how athletes’ parents understand such behaviours. This paper reports on a study that investigates athletes’ parents’ perspectives of appropriate coach-child athlete physical contact within youth swimming. Parents constructed physical contact as necessary and legitimate in three specific contexts and drew on children’s rights principles to rationalize this. This paper discusses the significance of this and explores the benefits of adopting child-centred coaching practices.
|Journal||Journal of Sport and Social Issues|
|Early online date||28 Apr 2017|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 28 Apr 2017|
- coach-athlete physical contact
- touch in sport
- safeguarding and child protection in sport
- children’s rights
- youth swimming
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Child athletes’ parents’ constructions of appropriate (adult) coach-(child) athlete physical contact
LANG, M. & Gleaves, T.
1/09/15 → 30/06/17
Training session for the Coaching Association of Canada
MELANIE LANG (Speaker)25 Jan 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Out of Touch with Children’s Rights: Critical Reflections on the ‘No Touch’ Discourse in Youth Sport
MELANIE LANG (Speaker)1 Sept 2017
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation