COACH'S INFLUENCE ON SELF-CONCEPT
Horn, T. S. (1985). Coaches' feedback and changes in children's perceptions of their physical competence. Journal of Educational Psychology, 77, 174-186.
Five coaches and female players of junior high school softball were evaluated. A variety of measures of game and practice behaviors were analyzed. Three major findings resulted.
Implication. An athlete will eventually come to believe what a coach says about his/her standard of performance at practice. If a coach does not respond positively then the athlete's self-perception of his/her competency in the sport will eventually be degraded.
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