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Coaches’ credibility and athletes’ motivation were examined in the context of the coaches’ facework skills. Young and older adults were surveyed with questionnaires that looked at facework, credibility, and motivation in order for them to reflect on their past experiences with coaches. Analysis revealed that the perceived credibility of the coaches by their athletes was significantly correlated with the coaches’ reported facework during performance feedback. In contrast, facework showed no significant correlation with the athletes’ reported levels of motivation. Together these findings show that the facework of coaches holds differing importance for different outcomes in the coaching process and can affect the potential of the athletes’ growth in sport.

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facework, credibility, motivation, coach, athlete

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