This study was done to determine the characteristics of coaches who verbally or

This study was done to determine the characteristics

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This study was done to determine the characteristics of coaches who verbally or physically abuse youth athletes in
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team sports. Using a self-reported questionnaire to survey 1,283 coaches in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Unfortunately, the response rate was only 24%. To asses the verbal or physical abuse, the survey asked questions about abusive behaviors. The author concluded that the coaches in this study who are verbally abusive had lower education, experienced verbal or physical abuse, and were dissatisfied with athletes’ attitudes. The author also determined that the physically abusive coaches had experienced similar abuse themselves, accepted verbal or physical abuse to improve athletic skills, and more extensive coaching experience. Based on the data provided in the article, we can compare the author’s interpretation of the results against Initially, when reading this research article, I thought a self- reporting questionnaire would have dishonest results. Then after analyzing the data from the survey, it was apparent that verbal and physical abuse is highly accepted by the coaches leading me to believe the test results were their honest perceptions. The purpose of the hypothesis was addressed. However, I think this study could have been better by assessing the athletes as well. Including the athletes in the study would help to get a better picture of the problem. Something that I got from the study was that it opened my eyes to the high acceptance of abusive behaviors as a means to improve their teams’ abilities. Sports can get intense at times, and we all want to win. However, I think we can all
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agree that this type of behavior is unacceptable. Yabe, Y., Hagiwara, Y., Sekiguchi, T., Momma, H., Tsuchiya, M., Kuroki, K., … Yabe, Y. (2018).The Characteristics of Coaches that Verbally or Physically Abuse Young Athletes. The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, 244(4), 297– 304,
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