Coach Athlete Relationship and Team Cohesion in the University Athlete’s Performance

Author: Muneeb ul Haq
Supervisor: Rukhsana Kausar, Ph.D

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to investigate coach-athlete
relationship and team-cohesion in university athletes’ performance. It was
hypothesized that there is likely to be a positive relationship between
coach-athlete relationship and team-cohesion. It was also hypothesized
that strong coach athlete relationship is likely to be associated with better
performance of the athlete and that there is likely to be a positive
relationship between team-cohesion and performance of athletes. It was
hypothesized that Coach-athlete relationship, team cohesion is likely to
interact with athlete performance Cohort research design was used and
non-probability purposive sampling technique was used for data
collection. Sample comprised of University athletes (n = 55) with mean
age of 18-27years, University Coaches (n = 5) with mean age of 38.65,
and Team Managers (n = 5) of different games (Cricket, Football, Tug of
war, Rugby & Wrestling) with mean age of 42.93. Coach-athlete
relationship questionnaire (Jowett & Ntoumanis, 2002) was used to assess
the relationship between coaches and athletes and the youth environment
questionnaire (Eys, Loughed, Bray & Carson, 2009) was used to find out
cohesion between team members. Self-constructed performance checklist
was used to find out performance level of the athletes. Correlation analysis
was used to examine correlation between coach-athlete relationship and
team cohesion in their performance. Findings of the study suggest that
team cohesion and social cohesion was significantly positively correlated
with coach-athlete relationship reported by athletes while non-significant
with coach-athlete relationship according to coach and there was
non-significant relationship of performance with cohesion and
coach-athlete relationship. Findings of the study have the implications for
improving team cohesion which will in turn lead to better performance.

Keywords: Coach Athlete Relationship, Team Cohesion, Athlete’s Performance.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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