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Self-care and development

How Coaches can Identify and Manage Stress: Positive Appraisals

In the second part of a series, Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University Alexandra Potts explores the positive appraisals of challenge and benefit in stressful situations

Thinking about positive challenge and benefit appraisals, this resource considers how they might influence your perception of a situation.

A challenge appraisal is where you:

  1. Perceive that you have the resources (skills, behaviours, coping strategies) to meet the demands of the situation, called stressors.
  2. View the stressor as an opportunity to prove yourself: a positive challenge.
  3. Anticipate feelings of mastery or personal growth from the experience, beneficial for your development as a person and coach.

Examples of situations where you might experience a challenge appraisal include:

  • working with challenging individuals, participants, coaching team, administrators, parents, and support staff
  • keeping other coaches on-side
  • working with selectors, Governing Bodies and committees around selection for competitions
  • maintaining relationships with participants and parents.

Reflect

Can you think back over the last two weeks about a time when you experienced a challenge appraisal in your role as a coach?

How did that make you feel?

 

It is important to foster challenge appraisals as these can improve performance, progression, and enhance well-being.

This can be achieved by:

  • improving communication e.g., clear communication, crucial conversations
  • developing relationship building skills e.g., trust, be present, rapport, active listening, seek to understand
  • develop and maintain strong working relationships e.g., connection, effective questioning, moments that matter.

A benefit appraisal is where you recognise some form of benefit which directly impacts you as the coach then achieve a goal.

Examples of situations where you might experience a benefit appraisal include:

  • being ahead of your plan
  • success and winning
  • positive aspects of performance
  • seeing young participants progress and build confidence
  • having the opportunity to work with different participants.

Reflect

Can you think back over the last two weeks about a time when you experienced a benefit appraisal in your role as a coach?

How did that make you feel?

 

It is important to foster benefit appraisals as these can increase opportunities for progression and contribute substantial improvements in well-being.

This can be achieved by:

  • seeking out rewarding opportunities
  • sporting organisations providing coaches with the opportunity to experience and thrive in new settings and environments.

More on Stress

The third resource in this series explores the negative appraisals of threat and harm in stressful situations

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