2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date


Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Eric Martin


How a coach interacts with their athletes could influence a number of athlete outcomes. Specifically, coach-athlete interactions such as reinforcement, non-reinforcement, technical instruction after a mistake, punishment, ignoring a mistake, general technical instruction, general encouragement, and general communication indicate to an athlete how much a coach values their relationship and how much they desire athlete’s improvement. One outcome that might be influenced is athlete passion, or the level of energy devoted toward their sport, which can manifest as either harmonious or obsessive. Athletes with harmonious passion exhibit a strong yet controllable desire to engage in sport while those with obsessive passion feel compelled to engage in their sport. A second variable that might be influenced by coaching feedback is satisfaction in sport. Past studies have shown strong social support fosters high levels of athlete satisfaction. Both athlete passion and satisfaction in sport might be impacted by coach feedback. Therefore, the purpose of our study was to investigate how types of coaching feedback can influence an athlete’s passion or satisfaction in sport. To investigate this, we surveyed 264 collegiate Division I student-athletes who completed the passion scale, coaching feedback questionnaire, and satisfaction in sport scale. Results and implications will be discussed.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.