Gymnasts are exposed to intense training, frequent competitions, controlled diets and high levels of psychological distress in youth age. These aspects can negatively affect athletic performance and have health consequences. Accordingly, if the oaches do not possess adequate knowledge and specific multi-disciplinary skills related to sports practice and health pedagogy, young athletes can be exposed to different health risks. The aim of this study is to investigate the knowledge and attitudes of coaches and identify any education needs to enhance or preserve the gymnasts’ well-being. The sample is represented by 98 Italian rhythmic gymnastics coaches of different levels. The data were obtained by using structured and anonymous questionnaires with open and closed answers administered through interview. The aspects examined are related to nutrition, food supplements, overtraining syndrome, educational topics, gymnasts’ hassles and trainings needs of coaches. Critical aspects that emerge from this study show the need for specific scientific training and support for coaches. This objective can be achieved by providing constant technical and scientific support, in order to make the coaches fully aware of their educational, pedagogical and long-term health responsibilities of their athletes.

Health Pedagogy and Sport: Attitudes and Practices of Gymnastics Coaches

coppola silvia
;
vastola rodolfo
2019

Abstract

Gymnasts are exposed to intense training, frequent competitions, controlled diets and high levels of psychological distress in youth age. These aspects can negatively affect athletic performance and have health consequences. Accordingly, if the oaches do not possess adequate knowledge and specific multi-disciplinary skills related to sports practice and health pedagogy, young athletes can be exposed to different health risks. The aim of this study is to investigate the knowledge and attitudes of coaches and identify any education needs to enhance or preserve the gymnasts’ well-being. The sample is represented by 98 Italian rhythmic gymnastics coaches of different levels. The data were obtained by using structured and anonymous questionnaires with open and closed answers administered through interview. The aspects examined are related to nutrition, food supplements, overtraining syndrome, educational topics, gymnasts’ hassles and trainings needs of coaches. Critical aspects that emerge from this study show the need for specific scientific training and support for coaches. This objective can be achieved by providing constant technical and scientific support, in order to make the coaches fully aware of their educational, pedagogical and long-term health responsibilities of their athletes.
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