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Coaching Female Athletes to Benefit Female Athletes: Coaching Style

The third of five resources on how coaches and strength and conditioning practitioners can optimise female participant’s health, well-being and athletic performance, developed with Lizzy Butler-Clack

Negative coaching behaviour is a well-known and stated barrier to female participation in sport and physical activity. Even mindful environments* built on effective communication won’t be effective if they haven’t been created with female participants in mind.

Coaching is a complex combination of ‘relational’ and ‘technical’ coaching. The ability to improve performance is an essential aspect of a strength and conditioning coach, but creating champions isn’t a simple process.

The powerful interpersonal skills of effective communication, valued relationships and creating a mindful environment to improve performance are at the core of great coaching.

*Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and body actions and the wider environment through a noticing and nurturing lens.

How do I adapt my coaching style to meet the needs of the female participant?

Underpinned by social and psychological differences between the genders, female participants are known to respond to coaching approaches differently to males. Understanding the ‘why’ can help you take steps to adapt your coaching style.

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