What is over-coaching?
The following are the three most common forms of over-coaching: learning from these mistakes can have a huge impact on relationships with sportspeople and helping coaching become more effective.
Athlete coaching mistakes: babysitting
If an athlete wants to improve, even in the smallest details, he needs to develop self-sufficiency in the shortest possible time. An athlete who needs their hand-holding throughout the training process does not usually become great leaders or teammates.
We focus so much on the physical construction of our athletes, but it is very important to work also from an emotional and mental point of view to their success. That's where the mental coach has to go.
There is a great focus on the physical construction of an athlete, but it is very important to work also from an emotional and mental point of view to support their success.
Excessive use of coaching tips or posture cues
Types and modes of tips
- Origin of the "cue"
- Timing of of feedback
- Relationship with the athlete
Origin of the tips
The bottom line is to make sure that every time a new verbal cue is introduced, the athlete is given a motivation to act on it, this requires an explanation in advance of its meaning and the reason for execution.
When is the right time for the coach to give advice to his athlete?
Exploiting the moment allows you to enjoy a window of attention of the athlete, necessary to raise the barbell: in the mind of the athlete, the attention will be strong on the correct use of the legs and not the back to raise the bar.
Overloading the minds of athletes means making training more difficult.
During a lift, there is a good time to reinforce the pre-lift signals, because it creates an additional level of attention for the athlete. Referring to the same example of take-off, since the lift is ending the lockout phase, it is possible that you insert a new cue such as “lower chin” to the next rep for those who look too high, or “keep the bar close” for those who let the barbell move away.
Remaining to the example of the deadlift, immediately after the set we could give a high 5 and say: Fantastic work, the last repetition was exceptional; If you feel you lose grip, here's a trick to get back into the trim [Show how you would get back in the middle set]; Continue to fight to keep that barbell near you. This will help you get the most out of it so that your core stays active, your low back is protected, Rest here, we have another set.
In addition to context and timing, the effective use of signals depends on the relationship with the athlete.
Holistic approach to the relationship with the athlete
Keep It Simple
KISS: Keep it Short and Simple
- If you want to become stronger, lift more weight.
- If you want to be faster, train faster.
- If you want to gain weight, eat more and lift more.
- If you want to lose weight, eat less and train more.
- If you want to be powerful, move explosively.
- If you want to recover better, sleep better.
Over-coaching can kill an athlete's progression and the fight against excess never ends, coaching should continually evaluate the effectiveness of his/ her methods.
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- Brett Bartholomew, Conscius Coaching The art and science of building Buy-in, Indipendent publishing