The challenges of navigating different spaces and contexts in collaborative doctoral research in sport coaching

Noel Dempsey, Samuel Wood, Reece Chapman, Simon J. Roberts, Colum Cronin

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In this paper, we analyse our experiences as both researchers and supervisors while collaborating with national governing bodies (NGBs) on jointly funded doctoral sport coaching research projects. We share our collective accounts of undertaking applied coaching research. Composite narratives reveal our ambitions for authentic collaboration; the vulnerabilities of the researcher; and the importance of empathy. Using Bronfenbrenner’s theory, we explore how researcher-practitioner PhDs involve movement between complex social-ecological systems. In doing so, we seek to support neophyte researchers and supervisors engaged in collaborative research partnerships. Contributions may also support NGBs and funders who are seeking high quality and contextually situated coaching research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSports Coaching Review
Early online date18 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Apr 2024

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