Psychology of high quality coaching: Translating research into practice
Organized and facilitated by Harjiv Singh (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), David Hill (Canadian Sport Institute, Pacific), Frank Ely (University of Windsor), and David Anderson (San Francisco State University)
Research panelists include: Mark Williams (University of Utah), Dan Gould (Michigan State University), Karl Erickson (Michigan State University), Jeff Simons (California State University, East Bay), Joan Vickers (University of Calgary), Rob Gray (Arizona State University), Sean Müller (Murdoch University), Nikki Hodges (University of British Columbia), Jenny O (California State University, East Bay), Todd Loughead (University of Windsor), and Barbi Law (Nipissing University). The research panelists will be joined by a group of coaches who are at the cutting edge of translating research into practice.
What does the latest research in motor behavior and sport and exercise psychology tell us about optimizing performance in sport? Does contemporary coaching practice reflect recent discoveries? Are coaches innovating on their own and do their innovations have implications for contemporary research agendas in sports science? What barriers do researchers face in highlighting the relevance of their discoveries to coaches and what barriers do coaches face in communicating the needs of practitioners and athletes to researchers? Can we bridge the gaps between theory and practice and, if so, what are the most effective ways of bridging them? These are some of the many questions participants will address in NASPSPA’s inaugural post-conference symposium “Psychology of High Quality Coaching: Translating Research into Practice.” This full-day symposium brings together experienced coaches and high profile researchers in motor behavior and sport and exercise psychology to discuss how best to translate cutting-edge research into coaching practice. Discussions will be organized around key topics that include: youth sports, positive youth development, talent identification and development, innovative practice, and building team cohesion. The symposium is designed for researchers who are interested in gaining a foothold in the communities of practitioners who consume their research and coaches and athletes who seek to gain an advantage over their competitors. The symposium will be an excellent networking opportunity for researchers and practitioners alike. Coaches will have many opportunities to pose questions to researchers and researchers will have many opportunities to pose questions to coaches.