Empowering Athletes with the Sport Education Model in Youth Soccer

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jan-Erik Romar, Jani Sarén, Peter Hastie
Editors: Jaime Serra-Olivares
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: InTechOpen
Book title: Sport Pedagogy; Recent Approach to Technical-Tactical Alphabetization
Start page: 33
End page: 49
ISBN: 978-1-78984-222-7
eISBN: 978-1-78984-221-0


Athlete empowerment accentuates giving athletes autonomy for decision-making with
the clear purpose of offering them opportunities to make choices, be responsible, and
develop higher levels of motivation. The focus in Sport Education is on placing the
athlete in the center of the experience where the participant can become competent,
literate, and enthusiastic as a result of participation. This is in line with the nonlinear
pedagogical approach, where the learning processes can be structured by manipulating
performer constraints. Therefore, this chapter focuses on examining and understanding
the processes involved in athlete learning through manipulating performer constraints
when using the Sport Education model in Finland. Twenty-three players and their three
coaches from one junior sport club participated in the study. The Sport Education season
consisted of 11 practice sessions over 8 weeks. Data were collected through interviews,
observations, questionnaires, and document analysis. Results suggested that players were united within their small teams and that they enjoyed having the autonomy
and responsibility. As a conclusion, the Sport Education season implemented through
manipulating performer constraints facilitated perceptions of empowerment, which in
turn fostered motivated players


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