Social Media in Sport Coaching: Knowledge, Attitude and Use of Information and Communication Technology in Service Delivery among Tertiary Institutions

Abstract

Social media is undoubtedly making significant impact across the globe. Interconnectivity and social links are gaining ground every day. Apart from chatting for entertainment, social media is being used for educational and professional development. It is not clear if coaches in tertiary institutions have started using social media for their service delivery. This study therefore examined their knowledge, attitude and use of information and communication technology in sport coaching. Four research questions guided this study and 250 coaches in tertiary institutions in South West Nigeria participated in the study. It adopted survey design making use of questionnaire as an instrument for data collection with reliability coefficient of 0.79. In addition, focus group discussion was used to elicit responses from the participants. Data collected were subjected to analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics of t-test and ANOVA at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the study showed a diverse response of the coaches regarding the usability of ICT for the coaching athletes (t=1.65, p>0.05). There was a significant difference between respondents’ knowledge and their attitudes to Social Media in sport coaching Fcal. =2.468, Df=248, p>0,05). It was revealed that the coaches in southwest Nigeria had a positive attitude to the use of ICT for coaching (83.1%) in tertiary institutions and majority ((78.2%) use ICT for sport coaching. Coaches to inculcate in athletes moral behavior that will impact on their attitude to social media and sport coaching while institutions, government and sport philanthropists should develop spirit of investment in sport



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Babatunde, Ezekiel Olusegun, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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Conference: ECE2016
Stream: Digital technologies and communications

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