The Parent - A Vital Part of the Coaching Team

The Parent - A Vital Part of the Coaching Team

Iain Highfield
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Common sense, as well as multiple research studies, leads us to believe that the parental influence is a major factor in the development of a student athlete.

Yet, I have been in countless conversations where coaches claim that a parent is crazy and have done very little to change this.

The parental motives, education and experiences will massively impact the environment to which the junior athlete is exposed. They will also impact their initial temperament, behavior and, eventually, their personality. These factors are highly linked to performance.

Why S.M.A.R.T Goals Are Not That Smart

Why S.M.A.R.T Goals Are Not That Smart

Iain Highfield
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Specific

While I do agree that goals should be specific, I would ask specific in what ways?

Quantifying specific outcomes can often lead to stress and decreases motivation, as the athlete is attempting to achieve something that is outside of their control. This often means good performances can be viewed as failures. An example of this would be setting a personal best in competition but a second-place finish.

The key to becoming a champion golfer. Part one.

The key to becoming a champion golfer. Part one.

Iain Highfield
  • Author: Iain Highfield
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In 1996, Tiger Woods signed a very lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike. As he put pen to paper and wrote his signature, his body was enabled by what is known as a generalized motor pattern. Motor patterns allow the brain and body to connect and produce a coordinated set of movements involving both voluntary and reflex actions, like signing your name.

 

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