Art of Coaching

December 10

Why do I love coaching? 
Same reason I love being a Physio – caring for people and there is no simple recipe. That is why you will never see me passively put an athlete on a TENS machine for 30mins, see them for 10mins then book them in next week. 
I will genuinely listen to their problem, aim to solve it and work hands-on 45+mins to get them moving again.
An example of showing an athlete in training you care is by walking the pool deck the distance they swim and sending sub conscious messages as they swim – actively involved, not passive. 
You can do this by walking level with the athlete as they swim when you are happy with their pace, behind them to say slow down or in front to say faster, come on!
Obviously, you can’t do this for every athlete in the pool or the whole session, but at key moments make the contact with them to show your invested in them.
Other examples are a quick comment between sets to say “Good job”, “Looking fast today” or just a simple thumbs up.
Not every athlete wants you to “care” for them. They may just want the workload, keep them on track and stop injuries surfacing. A good coach will recognise what works best for the athlete and reciprocate what is best for their development.
Knowing your athletes strengths and weaknesses is just as important as knowing your own.
Coaching an athlete is an amazing journey for both involved.
Make it a meaningful and memorable one.
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Adrian Ernst