Transforming Coach Education for the 21st Century

Christian Thue Bjorndal, T.T. Toering, Siv Gjesdal

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Participation in sport can positively impact young lives by promoting social development and also physical and mental health and well-being. However, several challenges related to sport participation still exist, such as dropout, health risks related to overtraining, and misconceptions about what evidence-based sport coaching knowledge is. The present chapter critically discusses the scientific and cultural premises on which current coach education in sport is based and offers reflections on how this education can be developed and improved. We suggest that current sports science models, characterised by separate siloes of knowledge, may limit holistic approaches to sports coaching. Additionally, these systems of knowledge are created by power dynamics that are explicitly and implicitly valued in coach education, leading to the production of normative ideas about sports coaching and athlete development. This limited view may lead to blind spots in coach expertise development and hinder the improvement of coaching and coach education. We conclude by sharing some ideas that may contribute to the transformation of coach education through the design of more transdisciplinary approaches in coaching courses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Sport and Physical Activity:
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Directions and Global Perspectives
EditorsKaren Petry, Johan De Jong
ISBN (Print)9780367433604
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • coach education
  • sports
  • future directions


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