The use of a constraints-led approach in elite netball coaching: understanding practical application

Ruffell-Hazell, Amy (2020) The use of a constraints-led approach in elite netball coaching: understanding practical application. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/HF38TA63

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Background: For more than two decades the Constraints-Led Approach has gathered considerable interest within coaching research, informing the decisions of sports coaching experts (Renshaw et al., 2019; Renshaw et al., 2012). However, there remains a lack of valid research on the effective implementation of the approach, with extensive gaps between theory and practice, in turn, this has halted its uptake by practitioners and has led to the misinterpretation and incorrect implementation of the approach (Renshaw et al., 2019; Clark et al., 2018). Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the Constraints-Led Approach is utilised by coaches within elite netball practice, to comprehend the degree to which coaches recognise this approach and to explore the facilitators and barriers faced in the implementation of this approach. Design: An interpretivist research design and qualitative research method inclusive of semi-structured interviews and session observations were used in this study. Three participants, representative of a full VNSL coaching staff set up, were selected through purposive expert sampling to be involved in this study. Findings: Data collected, identified three emergent themes; Understanding the Theoretical Underpinnings of a Constraints-Led Approach; Practitioner Experiences in Linking Theory to Practice, Ensuring a Representative Learning Design and Designing an Environment Suitable for the Implementation of a Constraints-Led Approach. Conclusions: Results imply that if practitioners can understand, apply and appropriately balance these three themes then a Constraints-Led Approach can be successfully applied. Consequently, a Constraints-Led Approach can be implemented successfully and fully embedded by practitioners within an elite netball context. Significance: This study provides a significant contribution to research as the successful implementation of this approach remains largely unexplored with no extensive study conducted within elite netball practice. These findings contribute depth and richness to academic work and should encourage practitioners to effect change in their own coaching practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV0711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Applied Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 14:14
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:07

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