The aim of the study is to determine the perceptions of hobby group gymnastics athletes related to the concept of coach with the help of metaphors. The sample of the study consists of 90 hobby group gymnastics athletes. A "metaphor form" was prepared to determine the participants' perceptions about the concept of coach to collect data in the study. In the metaphor form, they were asked to complete some sentences such as "My trainer" is like ……; Because… ”. The phenomenological design, one of the qualitative research approaches, was used in the study. Content analysis technique was used in the analysis of the study. For the reliability of the analysis of the research data, the reliability coefficient between the participants was calculated, and this value was found as 88%. As a result, it was seen that gymnastics athletes produced 43 metaphors in total. These metaphors were collected in 7 different categories. While it was determined that the participants mostly developed metaphors in the categories of "being a representative of love" and "being useful" related to the concept of coach, these categories were followed by "being a representative of good", "being a hero", "being a family", "being fun" and "being enlightened". The metaphors most produced by the participants were listed as teacher, angel, mother, fun and flower. Live, lifeless, abstract and concrete metaphors were used for the concept of coach.
Gymnastics, Coach,, Metaphor,, Athletes,, Perception,