What are the main duties of the coach?
The coach needs to give knowledge to the athlete, and for them both to turn this into productive coaching they need to trust and believe in what is being imparted. Kelley has shown that athletes keep relationships as long as they continue to get rewards, not necessarily monetary rewards may come as faster times or stronger performances. A coach also has this need for a reward to keep the relationship productive and positive. If the cost such as; conflict, performance deterioration and dissatisfaction is greater than the rewards, then the coach also will not look to keep this coach-athlete relationship and may seek alternatives.
It is posed that a coach and athlete have the same motivation to stay connected with each other with each of them looking to get some form of reward without incurring costs. It is possible that positive coach-athlete relationships work to motivate and understanding each other’s goal is important because the perspective of coach and athlete need to be in sync.
Looking at other relationship types, it may be that coach and athlete need to alter their behavior based on how the other judges them. The duration of the relationship has been found to be a moderating variable in some cases.
Research suggests that coach and athlete would do well to take time to develop the relationship in a way that builds cohesion and focus on a singular goal. The development of stronger and more productive relationships is built on communication and healthy conversations, not limited to sport.
Poor coach-athlete relationships that have declined in levels of trust and quality of communication affect the psychology of athletes with a decrease in motivation and lack of enjoyment the athlete’s overall performance declines according to the state of decay within the coach-athlete relationship.
A relationship in a traditional sense is inherently intimate, and it is this that causes controversy between athletes and coaches. The professionalism of a coach is important because that factor will determine whether they conduct themselves with professionalism and keep the coach-athlete relationship based on sport and not cross the line. It is prudent to keep all coach-athlete relationships strictly professional.