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International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v11 p57-68 2008

Coaching is a dynamic field in which many forms of health promotion occur directly and indirectly on a daily basis. It would therefore be of interest to determine the extent to which research-based data has been collected pertaining to health promotion and its influence throughout coaching. Thus, the purpose of this study was to inductively analyze research-based data pertaining to health promotion in coaching to discover the major topics and the extent to which research has been performed in this area. An extensive online database search revealed 13 articles directly pertaining to health promotion in coaching which were ultimately categorized by (a) year; (b) research methods; (c) author continent of origin; (d) publication outlets; (e) research focus; and (f) data collection methods. The three themes that were isolated from the limited research studies of health promotion in the coaching profession included (1) the coaches' ability to increase athlete chemical health (n = 7); (2) the effects coaches can have on an athletes' physical and psychological well-being (n = 4); and (3) the need for more educational efforts to help coaches learn about the negative athlete behaviors that are highly preventable (n = 2). (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)

Descriptors: Health Promotion, Athletes, Well Being, Meta Analysis, Literature Reviews, Bibliometrics, Sport Psychology, Athletic Coaches, Instructional Improvement, Program Improvement

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Autor: Vickers, Brad


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