Athletes' Self and Metaperceptions of The Coach-Athlete Relationship And Its Impact on Athletes
The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationships amongst various perceptions of athletes. Specifically, it was hypothesized that a positively perceived coach-athlete relationship would be positively correlated with high self-efficacy, motivation, satisfaction, and relational inferred self-efficacy (RISE). Additionally, the final hypothesis dealt specifically with the constructs of self-efficacy and RISE, predicting that scores on RISE would be positively correlated with high self-efficacy. A total of 118 student-athletes participated in the study by completing a 116-item survey. The data were analyzed with Pearson's r correlations to examine the interrelationships among the athletes' perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship, their self-efficacy, motivation, satisfaction, and RISE scores. The results of this study supported four of the five hypotheses such that a positively perceived coach-athlete relationship was significantly positively correlated with high self-efficacy, satisfaction, and RISE. In addition, the strong positive correlation between RISE and self-efficacy was even stronger than the correlation between the coach-athlete responses and self-efficacy, suggesting the importance of metacognitions about the coach-athlete relationship in athletes' sense of competence, motivation, and satisfaction in the performance of their sport.