• Lucas Machado de Oliveira Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Vitor Ciampolini Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Michel Milistetd Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Ieda Parra Barbosa-Rinaldi Department of Physical Education, State University of Maringá, Maringá, Brazil
  • Juliana Pizani Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil



artistic gymnastics, professional development, coach knowledge, professional practice


High quality performance of sports coaches involves the use of professional, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills (Côté & Gilbert, 2009). The complexity of the work of sports coaches, especially in Artistic Gymnastics (AG), due to the profound technical and physical demands right from the basic categories, can be magnified for coaches with little experience entering the field. Thus, this study aimed to identify the perceptions of coaches at the beginning of their careers regarding the types of skills required for their professional routine. We interviewed five coaches affiliated with the Santa Catarina Gymnastics Federation (Brazil) with less than 10-year experience in AG. During the interviews, indicators, such as professional routine and knowledge required in this context, were addressed. We used Braun and Clarke's (2019) reflexive thematic analysis to analyze the data. The results show that the complexity of coaches' work requires an expanded repertoire of knowledge. In general, coaches realize that relevant professional and interpersonal skills to teach gymnastics are the most required types of knowledge in daily practice. Intrapersonal skills, on the other hand, seem to be less needed, which may contribute to the preservation of an authoritarian culture in sports training. The requirements discussed in this study lead to implications for and reflections on AG coaches’ training programs, especially in the structure of the body of knowledge that provides a good basis for dealing with their daily challenges.


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Author Biography

Lucas Machado de Oliveira, Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil

Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
Graduate Program in Physical Education, Master level


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How to Cite

Oliveira, L. de, Ciampolini, V., Milistetd, M., Parra Barbosa-Rinaldi, I., & Pizani, J. (2023). DEMANDS STATED BY ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS COACHES AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR CAREERS. Science of Gymnastics Journal, 15(1), 121–131.