Kieran File publishes a study exploring ‘How do boxing coaches communicate under pressure?
How do boxing coaches communicate under pressure? A study led by Dr Kieran File (supported by an Economic and Social Research Council IAA funding grant) in association with England Boxing and UK Coaching, entitled Focus on Coach Talk: How Do Boxing Coaches Communicate In Breaks Between Rounds? explores the way boxing coaches use language in the time-constrained one-minute breaks between boxing rounds.
Dr File outlined: “The goal was to look at what communicative functions boxing coaches were performing in these one-minute breaks with their language – what coaching tasks they were performing and how they were performing them through language.
“By doing this we wanted to create a framework to facilitate critical discussions about coaching language in boxing and other combat sports and help locate aspects of coaching communication in these sports that coaches feel needs more research.”