Burnout and coping strategies among football coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

by Gilbert, Antoinette M., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 120 pages; 3504353


The essence of coaching is the balance between being caring, motivational, supportive and approachable, while maintaining the firm discipline and uncompromising determination to require student athletes the academic and competitive excellence that has also characterizes outstanding college coaches (Humphrey, J., Yow, D., & Bowden, W. (2000). Stress in college athletics: Causes, consequences, coping. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Half-Court Press). The purpose of this study was to determine the sources and factors that contributed to stress and burnout among collegiate coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Although coaches do not physically engage in sports on the field or the court their identities are deeply intertwined in sport. In fact, their participation in sport goes beyond the physical investment and can be more complete mental and emotional commitment (Harris, S. 2006. A coaching self model: Experiences of self among basketball coaches M.S. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States). This study's findings reflect those of current literature, identifies a number of themes that promote an increased understanding of coaches' experiences with stress, burnout, and the demands they faced and maintained during their day to day operations of building a successful athletic program at their university. These factors can contribute to how coaches manage and prevent stress and burnout.

AdviserSara Jarvis
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsOccupational safety; Management; Occupational psychology
Publication Number3504353

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