The Industrial Organization of Coaches: Road Cycling as a Distinguished Case

Journal of Sport Management, 2013, 27, 363-378

16 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2014 Last revised: 31 Dec 2016

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Daniel Larson

University of Oklahoma - Department of Health and Exercise Science

Joel Maxcy

Independent

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The structural components of sports competitions and the characteristics of sport practices vary significantly.These differences may translate into different optimal employment arrangements for the professional coaches (those who prepare teams and athletes for competitions). While there has been academic inquiry into the practice of sport coaching, there has been little apparent research into the industrial organization of sport coaches. This paper presents a formal model of the coaching practice. The coaching roles as strategists and trainers are distinguished, variation in the significance of the connections in the nexus of team to individual relations is identified, and the various methods of sport preparation are classified. Predictions of the employment arrangements based on model parameters are made and related to some established stylized facts and survey results from both cycling training coaches and athletes. The model and data corroborate that cycling coaches be hired by the individual athletes not their cycling teams.

Keywords: Employment arrangements, coaching, sport, cycling

JEL Classification: J22, J24, L23, L83

Suggested Citation

Larson, Daniel and Maxcy, Joel, The Industrial Organization of Coaches: Road Cycling as a Distinguished Case (2013). Journal of Sport Management, 2013, 27, 363-378, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2377434

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