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Experiences and Perceptions of Women Strength and Conditioning Coaches: A Scoping Review

Thomas, Gavin ORCID:, Devine, Kathryn ORCID: and Molnár, Győző ORCID: (2022) Experiences and Perceptions of Women Strength and Conditioning Coaches: A Scoping Review. International Sport Coaching Journal. pp. 1-13. ISSN Print 2328-918X Online 2328-9198

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Women continue to be underrepresented and underserved in the field of strength and conditioning (S&C), yet scholarly work examining the experiences and perceptions of women S&C coaches is limited. Thus, the purpose of this study was to conduct a scoping review of the existing literature on women S&C coaches to identify current trends as well as knowledge gaps. Four electronic databases (SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, and Academic Search Complete) were searched up to July 30, 2021. The initial search yielded 164 unique English-language papers, reviews, and book chapters. All in all, seven peer-reviewed articles were included, and data from these studies were charted. Each article offers insight into women’s experiences within the S&C industry, which are significantly different to their male counterparts. Based on our review of the findings, we recommend S&C coaches to participate in coach education programs and more women to be actively involved in the recruitment and hiring of S&C staff. While such findings are relevant, they have not fully explored the complexity of gender dynamics in S&C. Moreover, these recommendations will have limited long-term, sector-wide impact unless necessary policies are also implemented to help eradicate structure-level gender bias within the culture of S&C

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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from International Sport Coaching Journal, 2022, © Human Kinetics, Inc.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: women coaches, gender performance, marginalization, hegemony, male domination
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Gavin Thomas
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2022 15:23
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 10:00

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