Is the game lost in advance? Being a high-performance coach and preserving family life

Abstract : This article examines how high-performance sport coaches combine their professional and family lives. To address this issue, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 41 French coaches (8 females, 33 males) involved in the preparation of the French teams for the Olympic Games in Rio (2016), Pyeongchang (2018) and/or Tokyo (2020). The results show that all the coaches interviewed are engaged in a passionate relationship with their job. For some coaches, this commitment has an impact on their family life. Three groups of coaches stand out: (i) a majority of coaches who are unable to preserve their family life, (ii) coaches who maintain a distance from their profession and preserve their family life, (iii) coaches who have or have not preserved their family life and who position themselves as actors wishing to do everything possible to preserve the family life of the coaches they supervise. Thus, these results highlight, for some coaches, difficulties in combining professional and family life. For others, family life is a protection for engagement in a passionate profession. These data can provide useful information for sport organizations in charge of coaches.
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Hélène Joncheray, Fabrice Burlot, Mathilde Julla-Marcy. Is the game lost in advance? Being a high-performance coach and preserving family life. International journal of Sports Science and Coaching, Multi-Science Publishing, 2019, 14 (4), pp.453-462. ⟨10.1177/1747954119860223⟩. ⟨hal-02269050⟩

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