Soccer and Disability, Is It Possible? Analysis of the Learning and Coaching Context in Spain
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AuthorBurgos García, Antonio
DisabilityProfessional identityGrassroots-soccer coachSoccer
Burgos-García, A. Soccer and Disability, Is It Possible? Analysis of the Learning and Coaching Context in Spain. Sports 2023, 11, 161. [https://doi.org/ 10.3390/sports11090161]
SponsorshipUGR-VIVAGYM-ADECCO FOUNDATION CHAIR–SPAIN, grant number PCI21
Coaching a youth soccer player is important, and the coach’s role is key. Actually, there is no profile or coaching program for grassroots-soccer coaches that favor the practice of soccer and disability, according to different research and experts. The main purpose of this study is to identify and analyze the professional profile of the grassroots-soccer coach who has soccer players with disabilities (learning and coaching context). This research applies a quantitative method, specifically, non-experimental, cross-sectional, descriptive, and inferential methodology. The sample of analysis is the staff members of the professional soccer clubs of LaLigaSantander Genuine (Spain). An important result is that half of the grassroots-soccer coaches have not received specific education to coach youth soccer players with disabilities. Finally, one important conclusion of this research is that by generating a climate of trust and empathy, grassroots-soccer coaches improve the performance of their soccer players with disabilities by recognizing and understanding their emotional states.