1st Edition

Emotions in Sport Coaching

Edited By Paul Potrac, Andy Smith, Lee Nelson Copyright 2018
    118 Pages
    by Routledge

    118 Pages
    by Routledge

    Emotions are widely acknowledged as an inextricable feature of human behaviour, experience and interaction. They are, arguably, the glue that can bind people together or, alternatively, drive them apart. While social scientists have paid increasing attention to the centrality of emotions in social and pedagogical relationships, the sport coaching literature has remained largely free of emotions. Indeed, there remains a paucity of scholarship exploring how emotions such as excitement, joy, anger, anxiety, guilt, pride and embarrassment may be (re-)produced in, as well as through, the social interactions and contextual relations that constitute coaching. Similarly, we know very little about how these, and other, emotions are embodied in the everyday practice of individuals and groups. The aim of this book was to generate new and exploratory insights into the emotions that are an inherent feature of social relations and individual experience in coaching. Using a variety of psychological and sociological frameworks, the chapters in this book not only explore the interconnections between emotion, identity, cognition and learning, but they also serve as a platform for stimulating further inquiry in this topic area.

    The chapters were originally published in a special issue of Sports Coaching Review.

    Introduction: Emotions in sport coaching: an introductory essay

    Paul Potrac, Andy Smith and Lee Nelson

    Chapter 1. Passion and paranoia: an embodied tale of emotion, identity, and pathos in sports coaching

    Paul Potrac, Cliff Mallett, Kenny Greenough and Lee Nelson

    Chapter 2. Sport coaches’ experiences of athlete injury: the development and regulation of guilt

    Laura Ann Martinelli, Melissa Catherine Day and Ruth Lowry

    Chapter 3. Understanding coach burnout and underlying emotions: a narrative approach

    Kylie McNeill, Natalie Durand-Bush and Pierre-Nicolas Lemyre

    Chapter 4. My eyes got a bit watery there: using stories to explore emotions in coaching research and practice for injured, sick and wounded military personnel

    Kitrina Douglas and David Carless

    Chapter 5. Emotions, identity, and power in video-based feedback sessions: tales from women’s professional football

    Simone Magill, Lee Nelson, Robyn Jones and Paul Potrac


    Paul Potrac is a Professor of Sports Coaching at Northumbria University and a Full Visiting Professor at University College Dublin. His research interests focus on the social dimensions of sport coaching and coach education, with a particular emphasis on the (micro)political and emotional features of practice.

    Andy Smith is Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University. His research interests focus on the sociology of sport, physical activity and health, with particularly reference to mental health and illness.

    Lee Nelson is a Reader of Sports Coaching at Edge Hill University. His research interests focus on the pedagogical, political, and emotional features of practice in coaching and coach education contexts.