Sport Coaching in Practice
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Here is a collection of articles focused on the practical application of coaching. Covering a varied topic mix, they all relate to useful and relevant coaching issues, coaches face day in, day out. You may find our sections for our most recent articles, resources and materials, latest newsletters, or 5 Minutes with Bo Hanson video series valuable too.
Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant The Traditional Sport Coaching Style is the old way of coaching athletes. Highly directive in style and highly ineffective with today’s modern generation of athletes. Discover
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Has your season ever got off to a rocky start? Did you find that pulling the rest of the season together was like
There are many different learning strategies designed to help athletes develop. As a coach, what are your strategies? This article is a follow up from our article on the 11 Qualities of Optimal Learning Environments. In that article the fourth quality of an optimal learning environment was coaches providing multiple teaching and sports coaching methods to help their athlete’s progress. Learn more about the following methods in order to better communicate and educate your athletes.
Our model of sport at Athlete Assessments sees coaches as teachers. In fact, we have often found the most effective coaches actually came from a teaching education background and are qualified in this area of skill and knowledge.
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Is your team missing its most important ingredient to success? Every coach knows how important it is for their team to have
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments This article was written for those with an understanding of how the DISC model can be used in sport. So make sure to
We all know that in the highly stressful environment of elite sport (and even social sport), conflict is bound to occur. Coaches need to know the best way to understand, recognize and manage conflict in a way that results in a positive outcome. Dealing with conflict is a delicate yet necessary part of any coach’s role, so we have also included a guide to the Critical Conversations you will need to make regularly in your coaching career.
By Liz Masen – Client Director of Athlete Assessments Is this a question you’ve debated in your head or with other coaches? This is a question I find coaches interested in and keen to have an
All athletes will perform at a level under their best at some point. How Coaches manage this impacts the athlete’s future performances. Studies into coaching effectiveness continually suggest everything we say and do as a Coach impacts our athlete’s performance. This article provides two simple athlete feedback mechanisms to use with your athletes to ensure their performance improves with your coaching feedback. The first technique is called the feedback sandwich. It is a three step model for giving constructive encouragement and athlete feedback.
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Today I had a great coaching moment. I volunteered to assist my old high school First Rowing VIII Crew and was working with
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments This article is specifically for athletes. Making the most of your training session is simple. You simply must never be on autopilot when
Athlete Centered Coaching is a coaching philosophy underpinned by a set of values and coaching behaviors, where the primary goal of the coach is to help their athletes take responsibility of their sporting behaviors that create their results. This article outlines what Athlete Centered Coaching is, the goals of this approach and how to be this type of coach.
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments What is athlete accountability in sport? I recall having this conversation with my coach when I was rowing. Most coaches I speak to
What if an athlete you’re coaching says: “Hey, Coach, I feel like I am getting stale with this training routine, can we mix it up a bit?” As you are a well-organized coach with a scientifically proven program, you know that even small changes will alter the physiological makeup of the program. But if you knew that making a small adjustment could improve your athlete’s mental state (and assuming this is as important as their physical preparation) then you’d make the adjustment, right? Even if this meant that you were the one who had to adjust the most. You would be willing to adapt your behavior a little bit.
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Sports programs today are predominately made up of Generation Y (“Gen Y”) athletes. We are almost at the end of the Generation X
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments The 2008 Beijing Olympic Study, undertaken by the Canadian Olympic Team, shed light on the factors leading to either personal best performances or