College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
Sport and Exercise Psychology
This study examined: (1) coaches’ attitudes and readiness to use sport psychology (SP) services immediately following a SP workshop; and (2) the impact of an educational intervention on coaches’ attitudes and usage patterns during a one-month follow-up. Ninety swim coaches participated in the SP workshop and a total of 53 swim coaches completed the one-month follow-up. The majority of the sample coached at the high school or age group level. Data provided some evidence for the impact of a SP workshop on stage of change, with approximately 13% of coaches moving from precontemplation to contemplation. Two-way mixed ANOVAs did not reveal significant interactions (group x time) and main effects for time found that coaches’ personal openness, behavioral control, self-efficacy, and intentions increased while perceived barriers decreased immediately post-workshop. Furthermore, changes in coaches’ perceived barriers, behavioral control, and self-efficacy were maintained at the one-month follow-up while personal openness and intentions returned close to baseline. Lastly, no differences were found between the stage-matched and control group with regard to behavioral SP usage patterns (e.g., contacting a SP consultant, seeking out more information about SP). However, approximately 40% of coaches accessed the website during the four-week follow-up. The appropriateness of the transtheoretical model of behavior change applied to SP service use with coaches will be discussed.
Digital Commons Citation
Zakrajsek, Rebecca A. and Zizzi, Sam, "How do Coaches’ Attitudes Change When Exposed to a Sport Psychology Workshop?" (2008). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 2921.
Zakrajsek, R. A., & Zizzi, S. J. (2008). How do Coaches’ Attitudes Change When Exposed to a Sport Psychology Workshop?, Journal of Coaching Education, 1(1), 66-83. https://doi.org/10.1123/jce.1.1.66