Challenges and understandings of creative practice in professional sport training

Roberta Antonini Philippe, Michele Biasutti, Dylan van der Schyff, Andrea Schiavio

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We conducted a qualitative study involving twelve expert sports coaches to explore and compare the range of creative practices they adopted during their professional activities. Their written responses to open-ended questions highlighted different interrelated dimensions of creative engagement in coaching sport, suggesting that efforts to instil creativity may initially focus on an individual athlete; they may often span a range of behaviours dedicated to efficiency; they may involve significant degrees of freedom and trust; and they cannot be captured by a single defining feature. We contextualise these findings in the light of recent literature in sports studies, performance science and creativity research, providing concrete examples based on the written statements provided by our participants. We conclude by offering insights for future research and coaching practice that may be relevant in broader domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0279702
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright: © 2023 Antonini Philippe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


  • Humans
  • Sports/education
  • Athletes
  • Creativity
  • Qualitative Research
  • Comprehension

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