Strategies Used by an Elite Curling Coach to Nurture Athletes’ Self-Regulation: A Single Case Study

, and . Journal of Applied Sport Psychology 26 (2): 211-224 (2014)


Competition outcomes are a test of an athlete's ability to self-regulate; however, scant literature exists on how self-regulation processes are developed. This study investigated the strategies used by an elite curling coach to support co-regulation and help nurture his athletes’ self-regulation during a 16-week intervention involving multiple individual and group intervention sessions and interviews. The content analysis revealed that the coach utilized the following types of strategies to facilitate the athletes’ self-regulation: (a) preparatory strategies (e.g., anticipating/preparing for obstacles), (b) performance strategies (e.g., letting go of mistakes), and (c) self-reflection strategies (e.g., attributing errors to controllable aspects of performance).

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