Is The Most Likely Causes Of Coach-Athlete Conflict?

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Research has shown that the most likely causes of coach-athlete conflict are: (PGA,2017)
➢ Lack of competence from both or either coach or athlete
➢ Lack of motivation (in practice or in competition)
➢ Disliking the other
➢ Lack of commitment to (long-term) relationship
➢ Issues about training programme, schedule, workload
➢ Private life decisions and life style
➢ Lack of communication skills (misinformation and misunderstanding)
➢ Empathy lack
➢ Struggles for power (between coach-athlete)
➢ Unfulfilled role expectations and team selection
➢ Injury and following rehabilitation, recovery and fatigue as well
➢ Lack of respect and sportsmanship
➢ Unequal treatment, unfairness
➢ External influences – parents, media, higher sporting institution
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• Exhibit, and expect from golfers responsibility, ambitious, enthusiastic, disciplined and focussed behaviours.
• Praise at any convenient time, reward, celebrate every success (big or small).
• From Compass framework: show ability, effort and encourage golfer (motivate). Make interactions and coaching process enjoyable.

Manage External influences as cause of conflict
External influences (family, higher sport institution) in a coach - athlete relationship are inescapable (unavoidable) and along positive there is also negative impact, which could lead to a potential conflict.


Overall this paper has focused to help how to create and develop a relational environment using ‘the Cs’ and ‘Compass’ models as bedrock, from which coaches could build an effective coach athlete relationship. Considering relationship maintenance strategies it could be a universal tool to navigate and maintain the dual relationship (via all journey). The mastery using Jowett’s and colleagues model is vital for Golf Professionals and is a prerequisite for a long Coach – Golfer journey leading to personal satisfaction and professional success to both. (Fig.
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