LaVoi and Goorevich publish article in Sport Coaching Review

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, and Anna Goorevich, MSc, doctoral student and researcher with the Tucker Center, co-authored a book chapter titled, “Essentially different or equally the same: uncovering sport coach discourses about coaching girls,” in Sport Coaching Review. Goorevich & LaVoi used survey data to identify a continuum of different discourses coaches possess about the girls they coach. Gender essentialist stereotypes of perceived differences between girls and boys, and gender-blind/neutral comments which erased gendered experiences were the most common discourses. Gender-sensitive discourses were less common, but have potential to disrupt gendered norms in sport. Based on the data, coach discourses often positioned girls as different and deficient or overlooked the salience of gendered structures in sport.

Nicole LaVoi
Portrait of Anna Goorevich
Anna Goorevich