Tohoku J. Exp. Med., 2021 March, 253(3)
Characteristics of Parents Who Feel a Lack of Communication with Coaches of Youth Sports
Yutaka Yabe,1 Yoshihiro Hagiwara,1,2 Takuya Sekiguchi,1 Haruki Momma,3 Masahiro Tsuchiya,4 Kenji Kanazawa,1 Shinichirou Yoshida,1 Eiji Itoi1 and Ryoichi Nagatomi2,3
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
2Department of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
3Division of Biomedical Engineering for Health and Welfare, Tohoku University Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
4Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Science, Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Communication between parents and their childrenfs coaches is important for childrenfs sports activities, but the relationship between parents and coaches is not well understood. It is possible that parents feel a lack of communication with coaches, which could be due to parentsf experience with sports activities or the social environment of the team. This study aimed to elucidate the characteristics of parents who feel a lack of communication with their childrenfs coaches of youth sports. A cross-sectional study was conducted on parents of young athletes (n = 6,641) and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to assess factors related to parentsf feeling of a lack of communication with their childrenfs coaches. Among the respondents, 29.4% of parents felt a lack of communication with their childrenfs coaches. The factors related to the parentsf feeling were a shorter duration of their children playing the present sport, an absence of experience playing the same sport as their children or playing in a team with high competition level, dissatisfaction with their childrenfs attitude towards sports activities, and an awareness of verbal and/or physical abuse by the coaches and bullying by the teammates in their childrenfs team. Parentsf previous sports experience and awareness of interpersonal violence in their childrenfs team were associated with their feeling of a lack of communication with coaches. Educating parents on the sport and their roles in youth sport is necessary to make appropriate mutual communication between parents and coaches, which could lead to better circumstances for young athletes.
Key words —— coaches; communication; interpersonal violence; parents; youth sport
© 2021 Tohoku University Medical Press
Tohoku J. Exp. Med 2021 253, 191-198.
Correspondence: Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, 2-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8574, Japan.