Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reaction to Poor S&C Coaching at Oregon

Reaction to poor S&C coaching at Oregon: http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2017/01/oregon_ducks_workouts_hospital.html
1.) When you are screaming, it's hard to listen. When you aren't listening, you are missing something important. When you are missing something this important, you send athletes to the hospital. When they are in the hospital, they can't practice and get better.
2.) Mastering sport demands consistency. No one workout makes you that much better. The structure and timing of many workouts over the course of months and years does make you better. When one workout wrecks you for the rest of the week (or longer), then it just got in the way of the process which makes you better.
3.) Cultivating internal motivation within athletes is challenging for coaches, especially when working with team sports, but it will last longer than a single practice full of yelling. Yelling to motivate is just a band-aid that doesn't resolve a deeper issue.
4.) Yelling leads to a sense of dependency on a coach.It tells athletes that they need a coach in order to yell at them to motivate them to practice. This does not create robust athletes. Great athletes should want to get better-- master skills, eat healthy food, practice good sleep habits-- if the coach is present or not. Coaches should not be dictators that tell athletes when they are allowed to breath. Coaches should be supportive figures that help athletes learn to listen to their bodies and make better decisions that lead to positive performances.
5.) On being Tough: "People have a misconception on what toughness is. It isn’t about gritting your teeth and powering through an obstacle. It’s not about mud runs and silly things that look difficult but aren’t. Toughness is about making the right decisions under stress and fatigue. It’s about having the ability and wherewithal to slow the world down, make the right decisions or choose the correct coping strategy."
6.) Read this article: http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2017/01/football-is-holding-back-the-strength-and-conditioning-profession-a-reaction-to-the-oregon-fiasco.html

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