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Aggressive players come from aggressive coaches by David Clarke

Research in a leading sports journal suggests that an aggressive player in youth sport is likely to come from a team that is aggressive.

If it is the norm for the team to do it, so will the individual. The research also highlights a positive link between the nature of the coach and aggressive behaviour.

It suggests that the team member can take on some of the personna of the coach. If they have a tendency to aggression, this excerbates any agressive behaviour already in the player, perhaps making it worse.

Individual, Team, and Coach Predictors of Players’ Likelihood to Aggress in Youth Soccer
Graig M. Chow, Kristen E. Murray, Deborah Feltz
pages 425–443
Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Volume 31, Issue 4 (August 2009)
Better Rugby Coaching

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