The process of conflict in the coach-athlete relationship with elite female athletes: Implications for continued participation
University of New Brunswick
It has been found that there is a lower number of Canadian women athletes competing in both recreational and elite sports in Canada comparatively with male athletes. Causes for dropout such as lack of enjoyment and motivation has been vastly researched in the sport participation literature. Recently, the coach-athlete relationship and conflict in the coach-athlete relationship has become a popular topic involving sport participation. The purpose of this research was to explore the process of conflict in the coach-athlete relationship with elite female athletes to gain insight into the rationale for dropping out of elite sport. A descriptive qualitative method was employed using semi structured interviews. 11 participants were interviewed. Data was analysed by adopting Pondy’s (1967) conflict process model. Incongruence power of the coach-athlete relationship and poor conflict management was found to have a significant impact on the manifestation and aftermath of conflict in the coach-athlete relationship.