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Women in sport coaching: challenges, stress and wellbeing

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posted on 2023-10-25, 05:27 authored by Fraser Carson, Clara McCormack, Julia Walsh
With a lack of women in leadership positions in sport, there are limited role models for women pursuing coaching careers and a number of traditional gender ideologies to overcome. Female coaches therefore face unique challenges, which can be vastly different to their male counterparts. This integrative review focused on the challenges that women face in the coaching domain and the impact that these can have on their well-being. Only four articles focused solely on female coaches since 2000. Despite the lack of literature several key themes have been identified. The main stressors relate to work-life balance, prolonged periods away from family, and a need to prove they are better than male coaches. Coping strategies focused on proactive anticipation and planning, and communication with others. There is also a lack of support for female coaches and inadequate salary to assist continued engagement. Developing female coaches through mentoring and gender specific coach education programs may counteract these issues.

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Journal

ACTIVE: journal of physical education, sport, health and recreations

Volume

7

Pagination

63 - 67

Location

Semarang, Indonesia

ISSN

2460-724X

eISSN

2252-6773

Language

eng

Publication classification

C2 Other contribution to refereed journal

Copyright notice

2018, Universitas Negeri Semarang

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