Chris Szedlak

Chris Szedlak
Hartpury University · Hartpury Sport

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Chris Szedlak currently works at Hartpury University as a Lecturer and Researcher in Strength and Conditioning. He explores psychosocial skills and coach development using innovative qualitative research methods.

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Publications (16)
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This review article advances the long-standing need to address psychosocial issues within strength and conditioning (S&C) that have renewed significance with the National Strength and Conditioning Association's entry into accreditation. First, a brief history is presented on the omission of psychosocial issues within S&C and the education of S&C pr...
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The purpose of this study was to identify narrative types that illuminate how strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches used video vignettes in a guided reflection process to support the development of effective coaching practices. At the beginning of each week, over a 4-week period, 11 elite S&C coaches were sent a short video vignette clip of an S&...
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This study is focused on how novice sport science practitioners can learn from the hindsight of more experienced practitioners, and how such information can be effectively disseminated. Initially, 13 expert, elite-level, strength and conditioning coaches wrote a reflective letter to their ‘younger selves’ offering advice in terms of things they had...
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This study aimed to examine elite, experienced strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches’ reflections on the effectiveness of psychosocial behaviors in S&C coaching. In particular, this study aimed to explore which psychosocial behaviors are essential, the process of how these might influence coaching practice, and how the development of psychosocial...
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Recent research has suggested that strength and conditioning (S&C) coach developers should consider constructivist learning theories as means to promote holistic coach development (Szedlak et al., 2018). In particular, reflective practice can encourage holistic learning through promoting an internal dialogue of the meaningfulness and relevance of a...
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The author’s current research explored constructivist learning theory focusing on how narrative approaches (i.e., stories/vignettes) transfer knowledge into action and enhance the development of psychological and social S&C coaching behaviours. Furthermore, Chris’ research illuminates the efficacy of reflective practice to promote a holistic coachi...
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Research has shown that vignettes are useful in disseminating complex and applied information to practitioners with research mainly utilising written and audio vignettes to disseminate good practice. The current study examined the utility of a research-based vignette, presented in different formats (written, audio, video), to disseminate informatio...
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Research suggests that psychological characteristics and social behaviours contribute to the development of coaching expertise and as such should not be neglected by strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches. This review examines the current literature on the influence of psycho-social characteristics and behaviours of the S&C coach on elite athlete...
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Research highlights that vignettes are useful in disseminating information to practitioners (e.g., Smith et al., 2015). Previous research has utilised written (e.g., Barter & Renold, 2000; Hughes, 1998) or audio vignettes (Smith et al., 2015) to disseminate good practice. We aimed to systematically examine the utility of a research-based vignette,...
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This study explored which strength and conditioning (S&C) coaching behaviors and characteristics are perceived as effective by elite athletes and how these influence the athletes. A secondary aim was to consider the development and usefulness of vignettes to elicit new knowledge. Ten elite athletes reflected on scenarios presented in vignettes. Res...
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Strength and conditioning (S&C) coaching contributes to the overall athletic development and performance of high performance athletes (UKSCA, 2016). Whilst coaching research indicates that coaches’ interpersonal knowledge is important in becoming an effective coach (Gilbert & Côté, 2013), studies specific to S&C coaching have focused on the technic...
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As part of a leadership symposium to explore how the use of different qualitative approaches might further our understanding of leadership practice in sport. The authors consider the use of vignettes to stimulate data collection when examining the practice of Strength and Conditioning coaches.
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The purpose of this study was to identify effective behaviours and characteristics of strength and conditioning coaches as perceived by elite athletes. Eight elite international level university athletes (Male = 6; Female = 2) with an average age of 20.4 years (SD= 1.3) and an average of 7 years' experience in their sport (SD= 2.4) were interviewed...
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THIS REVIEW EXAMINES THE LITERATURE ON PROTEIN REQUIREMENTS FOR STRENGTH TRAINING AND PROVIDES PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS WITH REGARDS TO THE AMOUNT AND TIMING OF PROTEIN INTAKE. BY ANALYZING THE EFFECTS OF RESISTANCE EXERCISE ON PROTEIN METABOLISM, EXCESSIVELY HIGH PROTEIN REQUIREMENTS FOR STRENGTH TRAINING MAY BE EXPELLED. FURTHERMORE, AN EXAMINATION...

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