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Br J Sports Med. 2006 Jul;40(7):632-6; discussion 636. Epub 2006 May 15.

Understanding the role parents play in tennis success: a national survey of junior tennis coaches.

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Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1049, USA. drgould@msu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess coaches' perceptions about the role of parents and their positive and negative behaviours in junior tennis.

METHODS:

A national survey of 132 United States junior tennis coaches was completed. The extent and seriousness/impact of parent-child interaction problems and positive behaviours were rated.

RESULTS:

Parents were perceived as very important for junior tennis success. Most parents (59%) that these coaches had worked with were seen as having a positive influence on their player's development. However, the respondents also felt that 36% of parents negatively influenced their child's development. Positive parental behaviours included providing logistical, financial, and social-emotional support, as well as tennis opportunities and unconditional love. Negative parent behaviours included overemphasising winning, holding unrealistic expectations, and criticising their child.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings are discussed relative to current sport parenting and athletic talent development research and theorising. The need to educate parents is emphasised.

PMID:
16702176
PMCID:
PMC2564313
DOI:
10.1136/bjsm.2005.024927
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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