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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423

Abstract

BARNET, Silvia; SEGURA BERNAL, Jordi; ORIOL MARTINEZ-FERRER, Josep  and  GUERRA BALIC, Myriam. Engagement and career path in adapted sports coaches. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp.245-253. ISSN 1989-5879.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1578-84232015000100023.

The current study opens future lines of research in the field of positive Psychology in Sports. A descriptive analysis of the adapted sports coach career path was conducted, going in depth into their level of Engagement and the three dimensions that make up this construct. Later, a comparative analyses with general sports coaches was completed. The study was developed with a sample of 45 adapted sports coaches and 45 general sports coaches. The Engagement: Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (Schaufeli y Bakker, 2003) was used to measure de level of Engagement, and a brief questionnaire drawn on that from Pérez-Ramirez (2002b) about the career path of sports coaches was applied to explore the coaches' profile. The participants show high levels of Engagement and common elements are identified among both groups. More than a half of the group have been competitive athletes, do not work exclusively as a coach and have a multisport profile.

Keywords : Engagement; professional career; coaches; athletes with disabilities.

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