Women in a man's world: Coaching in elite sport

Levi, H., Wadey, R., Bunsell, T., Day, M. C., Hays, K. and Lampard, P. (2022) Women in a man's world: Coaching in elite sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. pp. 1-27. ISSN 1041-3200

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Abstract

Underpinned by critical feminist psychology and in response to repeated calls to explore how the dynamics of gender inform coaching practices, this study aimed to explore the experiences of men and women coaches to better understand the role of gendered expectations in elite sport environments and how these are reproduced within a Western European country’s elite sport system. Data were collected over 18 months via fieldwork observations and semi-structured interviews with 10 elite coaches, from five Olympic and professional sports. Data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Using Gramsci’s theory of hegemony as a theoretical lens to interpret the data, macro (i.e., wider socio-cultural norms), meso (i.e., organizational practices), and micro (i.e., coaches experiences working with women athletes) levels were identified. The findings demonstrate that each level plays a role in actively producing and reproducing the broader power relations between genders within and beyond the sporting environment. ‘Moments of intervention’ are offered to coaches and sport personnel to create more inclusive environments to provide optimal support for women athletes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Hannah Levi, Ross Wadey, Tanya Bunsell, Melissa Day, Kate Hays & Pete Lampard (2022): Women in a man’s world: Coaching women in elite sport, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2022.2051643
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical feminist psychology, gender, high-performance, thematic analysis, culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV711 Coaching
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Sport Social Sciences
Depositing User: Melissa Day
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 13:58
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6251

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