Learning to problematise ‘the way things are’ when coaching female athletes: 135‘Gender effective coaching’ in sport

Luke Jones*, Joseph Mills, Zoe Avner

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Abstract

On 23 January 2018 former Manchester United, Everton and England player Philip Neville was appointed as the England Women’s national football team Head Coach. It is not only the physical make up of women that has been measured and categorised by sport scientists and therefore ‘known’ by everyone else; indeed, the psychological characteristics of females have also been identified as different to those of their male counterparts. Clearly the cumulative effect of the large body of sports research has significant implications for coaching women – namely that it reinforces and solidifies even, the general belief that female bodies cannot be exposed to and are simply not capable of completing the same training practices as male bodies. Established and contemporary research that has focused on the social context of women’s sport has explored how the ‘different nature of women’ continues to be reinforced in sports settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports coaching: a theoretical and practical guide
EditorsEd Cope, Mark Partington
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter11
Pages135-145
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351200035
ISBN (Print)9780815392095, 9780815392088
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2019

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