In total, 27 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and 30 coaches were interviewed. From the analysis of the 27 athlete interviews, five key themes were developed: the development, over time, of a high degree of athlete self-awareness; the importance of a strong coach–athlete relationship; the creation of an optimal training environment; the creation of a strong support system, from both financial and human resource perspectives; and excellent management of the Olympic environment, primarily by the coach and athlete, often with help from the high performance director and others, such as consultants in sport psychology and exercise physiology.
From the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
OCTOBER 2009 FEATURE
Building an Effective Coach/Athlete Relationship:
Perspectives from Great Female Coaches and Athletes
by Penny Werthner