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Table 4 Support network: importance, achievement classification (IP/n-IP), Able-Bodied/Athletes with a Disability classification, nature of the relationship and times of support

From: A survey of elite and pre-elite athletes’ perceptions of key support, lifestyle and performance factors

  Coach Team-mate Parents Spouse/partner Physiotherapist Family members Sports science Sports Medicine Sports medicine Doctor Sports psychologist Sibling Non-sporting Friend Masseur
How important is this person in providing support? % 94 92 91 90 88 84 83 80 79 77 74 72
% Between achievement classification IP: 100
n-IP: 93
IP: 97
n-IP: 91
IP: 97
n-IP: 88
IP: 96
n-IP: 88
IP: 97
n-IP: 84
IP: 90
n-IP: 81
IP: 94
n-IP: 76
IP: 89
n-IP: 74
IP: 89
n-IP: 73
IP: 82
n-IP: 74
IP: 90
n-IP: 68
IP: 92
n-IP: 61
% Between Able-Bodied/Athletes with Disability AB: 97
AwD: 100
AB: 95
AwD: 100
AB: 95
AwD: 90
AB: 71
AwD: 62
AB: 84
AwD: 90
AB: 87
AwD: 100
AB: 65
AwD: 76
AB: 59
AwD: 65
AB: 63
AwD: 62
AB: 73
AwD: 76
AB: 76
AwD: 90
AB: 59
AwD: 76
With this person…
(Top 2 highest rankings)
I depend on for my technical prowess
Helps me find balance and perspective
I can let my hair down
Helps me find balance and perspective
I share my worries and concerns
Helps me find balance and perspective
I share my worries and concerns
I don't discuss my sport with them
I depend on for my recovery strategies
I depend on for my technical prowess
I don't discuss my sport with them
Helps me find balance and perspective
I depend on for my recovery strategies
I don't discuss my sport with them
I depend on for my recovery strategies
I don't discuss my sport with them
I share my worries and concerns
I don't discuss my sport with them
We can laugh together
I don't discuss my sport with them
I can let my hair down
Helps me find balance and perspective
I depend on for my recovery strategies
I don't discuss my sport with them
This person provided support when…
Top 1 highest ranking
During my early participation in sport During my early participation in sport During my early participation in sport At senior elite level At senior elite level During my early participation in sport At senior elite level At senior elite level At senior elite level During my early participation in sport During my early participation in sport At senior elite level