Coaches Voice on Trans Athletes
WSI Webinar: February 10, 2023
"United States Collegiate Coaches’ Perceptions of Transgender Athletes’ Inclusion"
Join us on the WSI Webinar on "United States Collegiate Coaches’ Perceptions of Transgender Athletes’ Inclusion".
Date: February 10, 2023
Time: 4:00-5:30pm EST (10:00 - 11:30pm CET)
Format: Presentation, Q & A, and discussion
Language: English (Closed Captions available)
Guest Speaker: Ms. Macey Arnold, Ms. Kasey Chambers, and Dr. Trent A. Petrie from University of North Texas (USA)
Overview of presentation
Coaches hold particular responsibility in developing sport environments and team cultures and have critical and often personal relationships with athletes; therefore, coaches have a direct role in athlete wellbeing and personal development. Within the United States, the National Collegiate Athlete Association has provided an avenue for transgender athletes to compete in collegiate sports according to the athletes' gender identity through the Transgender Student-Athlete Participation Policy (NCAA, 2022). Nevertheless, it is unclear how supportive, welcoming, and safe these sport environments are for transgender athletes, and specifically, how coaches’ views and attitudes may be impacting transgender athletes.
The presentation will illustrate collegiate coaches' perceptions of transgender athletes’ inclusion in collegiate sports, intentions in coaching transgender athletes, and knowledge, beliefs about, and experiences with LGBT individuals and athletes. We consider how their attitudes towards transgender athletes relate to their intentions and openness to coaching transgender athletes. We aim to provide a deeper understanding of coaches' perspectives, what is informing their perspectives, and how coaches may be creating sport environments that are supportive or harmful for LGBT athletes.
Findings have implications for (a) guiding policy discussions regarding transgender athletes' participation in sports and (b) developing training and education for coaches and other key stakeholders regarding their efficacy in working with transgender athletes and creating a welcoming and safe environment for transgender athletes.
Macey Arnold (she/her)
Kasey Chambers (she/her)
Trent A. Petrie, Ph.D. (he/him)
Trent A. Petrie, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychology at UNT, and has served as the Director of the Center for Sport Psychology and Athlete Mental Health since its inception in 1998. Dr. Petrie has worked in the field of sport psychology since 1987, beginning when he was a doctoral student at The Ohio State University (he graduated from OSU in 1991). He has worked with athletes, coaches, and sport teams at all competitive levels, and currently oversees UNT Athletic Department’s sport psychology and mental health services. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Texas, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant - Emeritus, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Petrie also is an accomplished athlete, having been the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Ohio State University Men’s Volleyball Team while an undergraduate. Since that time, he has competed as a triathlete and runner, and coached at the college level. His research, which has been funded by grants from the NCAA, AASP, and NASPE, has focused on body image and eating disorders in athletes, mental health and psychological well-being, psychological antecedents and consequences of athletic injury, professional training issues in sport psychology, and developing positive youth sport environments. Dr. Petrie has published over 150 articles and book chapters, given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He has been honored for his work in sport psychology training and education through both AASP (Distinguished Mentor Award, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. October 2019) and APA Division 47 (Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education in Sport Psychology, Awarded by Division 47, American Psychological Association. August 2017), and was recently honored for his lifetime achievement in research (International Scopus Science-Wide Career-Long Citation Impact of Top 2%, Scopus. 2020). He is a past-president of Division 47 (Exercise & Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.