Words reveal coach’s idea of athlete

Too often coaches have only a biomechanical conception of the athlete and think they can teleguide them.

It is common to hear phrases like:

  • Athletes must be motivated.
  • Training must go to improving athletes’ skills
  • It’s clear that this one goes down immediately
  • Stimulating them makes them mentally engaged
  • When I go to have my athlete visualized

They reveal:

  • Coach conception as some kind of magician who changes people.
  • Passive conception of athletes changing in reaction to stimulus (the coach’s words) and not as they are active agents of their own improvement.
  • Conception that one must react and the coach is the trainer of people, who without such guidance cannot improve.

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