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UK Coaching Research Team
Talent and Performance Organising and Planning

The 'Microstructure' of Games-Based Coaching: Coach Behaviour and Pitfalls

An evidence-based season-long study on an elite female rugby union coach highlights the importance of activity design, implementation and relevance in session planning. The starting point: think critically about your coaching

Identifying a gap in coach behaviour research at the elite level of rugby union and particularly in the female game, a team of academics based in Scotland set out to examine the complex 'microstructures' (the underlying structure, magnified to show detail) of coaching.

From their study, they concluded that coaches should take a critical approach to reflecting on their coaching practice, which should include considering the design of activities, their implementation and their relevance to their chosen sport. 

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UK Coaching Research Team