Brendan Cropley is a Professor of Sport Coaching and teaches on the Football Coaching course and Football Coaching masters at USW.
“My research informs and underpins my teaching. My modules include sessions on The Coach as a Performer; Coach Stress and Coping; Mental Health; Well-Being and Performance; and Experiential Learning (Reflective Practice).
I use my research findings to give learners insights into the most relevant and recent understanding of certain phenomena. I’m able to enrich lectures by using my own approaches and experiences of conducting research to bring philosophies and methods to life.
Students often have the chance to participate in our research, which not only gives us insights into their experiences but also helps them to gain an insight into the research process.
My research aims to gain a better understanding of the mental health issues that emerge from chronically low levels of well-being, as well as the links between performers’ experiences of the stress process and their levels of psychological well-being.
I’m hoping that this research can influence coach education and sport and exercise scientist training programmes. The aim is to offer research-based evidence to support these people in developing the coping mechanisms to deal with the demands that they experience as well as helping them to create working environments that are supportive of positive psychological well-being."