Barriers to systematic reflective practice as perceived by UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 qualified Rugby Union coaches

Burt, Edward and Morgan, Paul (2014) Barriers to systematic reflective practice as perceived by UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 qualified Rugby Union coaches. Reflective Practice, 15 (4). pp. 468-480. ISSN 1462-3943

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2014.900016

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the barriers to systematic reflection as perceived by UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 qualified rugby union coaches. Subjects (n = 10) were interviewed individually using a semi-structured interview and the interviews were transcribed. In total, 99 instances of perceived barriers were cited by the participants, with an almost 2:1 ratio between External and Internal barriers. Three dominant themes emerged from the study. First, the primary perceived barrier to systematic reflection is organisational, both in terms of a lack of planning by the coach as well as a lack of encouragement and enforcement by the RFU and local clubs to ensure reflection takes place. Second, coaches were not motivated to reflect, citing laziness, the repetitive nature of sessions and player behaviour as reasons. Finally, coaches cited a lack of time either as a result of other demands (work and family) or too much / too little coaching. Conclusions were that the RFU and clubs must work harder to educate coaches to the value of reflection and the role of proper session planning in this. To help make sessions more enjoyable for both players and coaches, the RFU and clubs could provide a wider range of ideas for coaching content.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: barriers, reflection, sport, coaches, perceived
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 10:20
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 10:20
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15668

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