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INTRODUCTION

To be a coach and work with excellence in different environments, one needs to master different skills and a range of expertise in different areas. According to the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE, 2012) the ability to work effectively in a complex and dynamic environment such as the sports coaching industry, requires a solid knowledge base (professional, interpersonal and intrapersonal) that supports various skills such as vision, organization, leadership, communication, personal relationships, evaluation, reflection, in addition to a series of values that guide professional practice.

Recent literature by Côté and Gilbert (2009) and Gilbert and Côté (2013) presented a conceptual definition of the different knowledge that forms the basis of the practice of sports coaching. Although this definition subdivides the types of knowledge, the authors reiterated that knowledge is interrelated, and by thinking of this in an isolated way can minimize the importance of reflective and complex interactional nature of sports coaching.

In this perspective, it is understood as professional knowledge, scientific and technical fields that form the basis of the performance of athletic coaches (Côté, Gilbert, 2009). Interpersonal knowledge is related to aspects of the relationship of the coach with their athlete and the coach’s ability to communicate and relate effectively in this environment (Gilbert, Côté, 2013). Intrapersonal knowledge refers to the ability to self understand, ethical insights and reflections made by the coach (Côté, Gilbert, 2009).

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