Endurance Sports Survey for Coaches and Athletes Informing on Endurance Coaching excellence

Endurance Sports Survey for Coaches and Athletes

Endurance sports such as cycling, running, swimming, triathlon and other multi-sport events continue to grow in terms of participation world-wide. For some of you, sport is about adding to the bucket list and for others it's about being the world's best. Coaches play an important role in helping many athletes achieve their goals, through providing expert instruction and structured training. Many other athletes go it alone.

This study is about better understanding athletes and coaches in endurance sport, your needs, wants and how you go about trying to achieve your goals. We also want to explore what you believe the role of a coach is. By doing so, it is hoped that we can all play a part in improving the quality of endurance coaching, coach education and in the advice given to athletes worldwide.

The findings of the study will be shared throughout the endurance sports industry including national federations and in academic journals. You will be provided with an executive summary and presentation which will be published on the TrainingPeaks website. Preliminary findings with also be presented at the Endurance Coaching Summit in Boulder, Colorado in August this year.

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TrainingPeaks have kindly donated a Garmin Fenix 5 or Edge 820 for a lucky winner who is selected at random and who has supplied an email address.

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Should I Complete this Survey?

If you are a coach or athlete involved in endurance sport (cycle sport; multi-sport; running; swimming; triathlon) at any level from being a complete novice to a world-class performer, we want to hear from you.

What is Involved?

Participating in the project involves completing an online questionnaire. This should take no more than 20 minutes for athletes and a bit longer for coaches. Should you choose to share your contact details, you may be invited to participate in an interview conducted by via a web-conferencing tool such as Skype or Facetime.

Accessing the Survey

Prior to completing the survey, you should read the statement on informed consent which is provided in the text below. If you wish to participate, please click on the link that applies to you below:

  1. I’m a coach
  2. I’m an athlete who has a coach
  3. I’m an athlete who doesn’t have my own coach.

Please note, you should select Option 3 if you are coached within a club but do not receive individualized coaching support.

The survey is hosted by Bristol Online Survey, a tool designed for academic research.

About the Researcher

I am Andy Kirkland Ph.D., a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom. I'm an expert and committed endurance coach, working with athletes and coaches at all levels in sport. I am part of an expert team who delivers on the distance-learning MSc. in Performance Coaching programme at the University.

If you wish to discuss any aspects of the study or the Performance Coaching programme at Stirling, you may email me on andrew.kirkland@stir.ac.uk

Informed Consent

By clicking on the links above, you are giving your Informed Consent to participate in the survey. You can complete it anonymously or provide your contact details if you wish to participate in follow-up interviews. If you choose to supply your contact details, they will be extracted from the survey data to ensure your answers are not attributable to you. You may be contacted very occasionally asking to volunteer for future research if you have supplied your email address. Please note that your contact details will not be shared with any 3rd parties, unless you win the prize-draw and only then with your express consent.

If you choose to be interviewed, then Dr Kirkland will contact you by email to arrange a suitable time. The interview will be conducted via Skype or similar web conferencing and recorded using screen and sound capture software. The recordings will be transcribed verbatim, and then deleted immediately afterwards. Transcriptions will be anonymised and stored digitally in password protected files.

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About the University of Stirling

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, our mission is to deliver the best for Scottish sport through the powerful and inspirational combination of sport and education.

We are at the heart of Scottish sport, preparing athletes to perform on the world stage, enabling students to develop their skill sets for excellent careers and producing innovative research to improve the health of the nation.

Our sport-centred campus is the hub of the local community and brings together the people shaping Scottish sport, creating a critical mass of sporting expertise and excellence.

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