Attitudes towards Coaching Individuals with Hidden Disabilities


Before completing this survey, please read the following information.   

 

Individuals with “hidden” disabilities are being defined as those disabilities that are not obvious such as specific learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.  Their difficulties may include listening, oral communication, understanding/following directions, understanding social situations, and/or motor coordination. 

 

Circle the response that best reflects how you feel about the statement.

SD-STRONGLY DISAGREE, D-SOMEWHAT DISAGREE, U-UNDECIDED, A-SOMEWHAT AGREE, SA-STRONGLY AGREE

 

1.      Athletes with hidden disabilities have a right to sport opportunities that are provided as part of a community’s athletic program.  

                                                  

2.      Athletes with hidden disabilities who are able to participate in regular sports programs with non-disabled peers need to possess better than average physical abilities.                         

 

3.      Athletes with hidden disabilities should be allowed to participate, regardless of their disability, if a selection process (“cuts”) is NOT part of the recreational program. 

                             

4.      Athletes with hidden disabilities need to be included with non-disabled peers in youth sports programs such as youth basketball leagues, etc.  

                                                                                

5.      Competitive needs are NOT the same for athletes with hidden disabilities as those athletes without hidden disabilities.               

                                                                                          

6.      Including athletes with hidden disabilities in recreational athletics will diminish the experience of other non-disabled participants.                                                                               

 

7.     Coaching certification programs do an adequate job preparing coaches to deal with athletes with hidden disabilities.          

                                                                                   

8.      Coaching certificate/education programs should prepare coaches to make accommodations in the game that do not cause an “undue burden” or fundamentally alter the game         

                    

9.      Coaches in recreational athletic programs should provide leadership for including athletes with hidden disabilities in interscholastic sports.                              

                                       

10.    Coaches typically have little specific training to prepare them to work with athletes with hidden disabilities.                                                                                                

11.   I would support the inclusion of an undergraduate course specifically designed for coachingathletes with hidden disabilities        

                                                                                            

Open Ended Questions

12.  Please summarize your opinion regarding coaching education and its inclusion of information specifically designed to address  the need to include specific curriculum in coaching courses about needs of athletes with “hidden” disabilities (e.g., appropriateness of such material; coaches’ receptiveness towards such information, etc.).

 

13.  In your opinion, how would educational material regarding recreational participants with hidden disabilities be best taught to recreational leaders? Please check all that you feel is appropriate and explain why you feel this way. 

 

* undergraduate curriculum

Why? 

 

* graduate curriculum  

Why?

 

* field based practicum

 Why?

 

* provide them with resources (e.g., books, videos, pamphlets, webpage)

Why?

 

* clinics/workshops

Why?

 

* other

Why?

 

Please let us know how you felt about the information you received today.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us regarding your thoughts about participants with learning disabilities? 

 

 

THANK YOU! 

 

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