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Sports Coach/Instructor

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Education
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Sports Coach/Instructor
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€35 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Sports & Fitness Occupations

Also included in this category:

Sports players (e.g. cricketers; footballers; golfers); sports coaches; fitness instructors

Number Employed:

8,100

Part time workers: 39%
Aged over 55: 10%
Male / Female: 61 / 39%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 60%
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At a Glance... header image

Trains and coaches athletes and sports people helping them to improve their techniques and performance.


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1Total Records: 1

Ciara Roosli
Activities Instructer  

Ciara is an Outdoors Activity Instructor with Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford. She got a degree in Marketing and Languages in Waterford Institute of Technology, and then went travelling abroad for a while. She returned home to take up her current position and loves her job.

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The Work header image

Sports coaches and instructors teach, encourage and pass on the skills and techniques of a sport, or several sports, to a wide range of people from beginners to experts. In professional sport, the coach needs to be as committed as the sportsperson.  
 
Coaches devise tailored training programmes for individual sportspeople to bring them to peak performance at the right time. Where they coach a team, they try to bind the members into a strong playing unit.  
 
Coaches/instructors use a range of training aids, including television and video. They work closely with the manager to select team members for a particular match or competition.  
 
Coaches must know the rules and regulations of the sport's governing body and make sure that players are aware of them.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

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Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.

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Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.

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Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.

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Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.

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Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.

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Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.

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Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.

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Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

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Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be enthusiastic for the sport and the individual or team that you are training. You need to understand how to motivate and encourage people in order to get the best performance from them. You should be good at inspiring confidence.  
 
You do not have to excel in a sport but you will need a great deal of expertise. You must be good a communicator and enjoy working closely with people. You will also need to be patient and tactful at times especially when working with young people.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Football Coach - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Performance Coach - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..Sailing Instructor - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Sports Coach - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Surfing Instructor - from:  YouTube [UK]
Go..Swimming Teacher or Coach - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: National Coaching & Training Centre, University of Limerick (NCTC)
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Organisation: Dublin City University
  Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 704 5338
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Organisation: Irish Sports Council
  Address: Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  Tel: (01) 8608800
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