When we discuss coaching talent and the pathway, invariably parents are raised by a number of coaches as a ‘challenge’. I often reply ‘parents do the wrong thing for the right reasons’; what do I mean by that.
I recently caught up again with Shaun Goater a Manchester City club legend, he played at City between 1998 and 2003 where he played 184 appearances and scored 84 times. As sport psychologist with Manchester City between the periods of 1998 – 2003 I worked closely with Shaun using visualisation.
The fans were quite skeptical as to Goater's ability, he did however win them over. As goals were scored, supporters were gradually won over, creating a song in his honour: 'Feed the Goat and he will score'.
About the author: Kelvin currently consults across a range of National Governing Bodies and Federations and is the author of the Physical Competence Assessment resources. A former National and Olympic Track and Field Coach for the UK, Kelvin also spent 30 years in Australia’s high performance sport environment. He was Head Track and Field Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and Head of the Athletic Development department at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane.
About the blog: The body of research behind stretching is contradictory and can be confusing for coaches. This blog aims to clear up the research, explaining the different types of stretching and whether stretching is appropriate to carry out before, during and after the training session. The blog concludes with practical guidance for the coach, describing how to implement an appropriate warm up including stretching.
Over the last two blogs we have focused on the role of the coach and how they can support their athlete’s psychological needs. The first blog looked at the different transitions athletes go through from childhood to adolescence, the challenges this may present and the changes coaches need to be aware of to help develop more resilient athletes.
About the author: Matt Blandford is a MRes Sport Science student at Portsmouth Uni, researching elite cricket coach development.
About the blog: Matt shares this thoughts from his research on what it takes to become an elite coach; highlighting three main trajectories. Does one fit your journey?
Technology is advancing at such a rate, a little under ten years ago and the use of video in sport was reserved for the elite (and often rich). Now it is easily accessible with people monitoring their own activity and performance levels on a daily basis and through You Tube a whole generation of experts have been able to get their coaching methods and views out there.
In my first blog 'Coaching through transitions in adolescence' I explored the importance of developing the coach-athlete relationship to understand their drivers and motivation.
About the author: Steven Rollnick is a clinical psychologist and Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Primary Care & Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. In the final blog of the series Stephen explores further the concept of empathy as an effective tool for coaches and coach developers. Is it in your toolbox? Can you afford for it not to be.
Kevin Till is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University, having previously worked as Head of Strength and Conditioning for Castleford Tigers in the Super League. Kevin also works with Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie to support the development of their pathway players.