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Evidence-based practice and the coaching process

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This essay highlights the issue of evidence-based practice for coaching. A comparison is drawn between the process of health delivery and the process of coaching. The similarities between the two are striking and the need for empirical scientific study in the two professions focuses the reader on the major differences between the two professions. Reasons for the lack of empirical evidence to support coaching methods is discussed along with a tentative compromise solution that would involve the creation of a large data base of performance for both coaching and athlete behaviours. Finally, a cautionary note is offered against accepting the concept of evidence-based practice without concern for the practical realties of coaching or rehabilitation.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 15, 2002

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