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Coaches with Disabilities Should Get Creative

Do coaches have to provide physical demonstrations? Josh Surgeoner tells Richard Jones that a thorough understanding of the sport and clear verbal explanations are an effective substitute

A coach’s responsibilities include helping their participants to hone their skills (whether new or familiar). But while a physical demonstration of certain techniques might be an obvious method to get the point across, creative alternatives that are achievable for coaches with disabilities can be equally successful.

Being unable to perform or demonstrate teaching points is one of the key challenges facing coaches with disabilities, especially those that work with athletes, disabled or otherwise, who are accustomed to seeing physical demonstrations.

For example, how does a coach with limited mobility show a swimmer what it is that they are doing correctly or incorrectly?

Josh Surgeoner, a swimming coach with muscular dystrophy, has the answer.

Think outside the box.

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