What are the potential effects on the performance of coach-athlete relationships?
The Coach-Athlete Relationship is recognized as the foundation of coaching and a major force in promoting the athlete’s physical and psychosocial skills. Very few domains benefit more than a sport to induce interest, excitement, and enjoyment in its participants. It has been shown that regarding coach-athlete relationship it is in the athlete’s best interest for the coach to develop the athlete’s intrinsic motivation along with that athletes, how this can be achieved is through a positive coach-athlete relationship.
Athletes who are in healthy and productive relationships with their coaches are more likely to feel safe in exploring their role in sport, pushing personal barriers, taking risks that may improve performance and feeling secure enough to give 100%.
The study found there needs to be a positive rapport between the coach and the athlete. When mutual rapport doesn’t exist, the coach-athlete relationship is compromised by the lack of mutual respect. This results in compromise of coaching leading to the needs of the athlete to be unmet. If there is no rapport or trust, there is no engagement, and the result of this is poor motivation, poor cohesion, and distrust between coach and athlete. This lack of trust, rapport leads to poor performance and what happens to compensate for this is athletes and organisations spending more money on better equipment, facilities, developing unique training methods all of which can’t bridge the gap left by a poor athlete-coach relationship.