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What is sports coaching?

Coaching is a process in which knowledge is not imparted, but helps to discover them

Our collaborator HealthingOn this occasion, he tells us what Coaching is and how far a sports coach can help.

El coachingAlthough it comes from the Socratic (mayeutic) tradition, it has its origin in the sports field. Its intuitive use was established by the Greeks and Romans, but it was not until the XNUMXth century that it was developed as a system.

It is in 1975 that the fusion between the principles of coaching and sport takes shape, when the American tennis player Timothy Gallwey publishes his book "The Inner Game", in which

Proposes the use of accurate and unbiased observation of critical variables.

Explaining that, if these observations are correct, the person's body adjusts and corrects them automatically, thus achieving the best performance.

Then in 1992, Timothy Gallwey, together with the Englishman John Whitemore, managed to spread in England a methodology totally opposed to traditional training techniques, this methodology is based on the premise that:

There two areas of human action, external and internal play.

What happens in the external game is irrelevant. It is the internal game within the player's mind that allows to overcome obstacles, fears, doubts, lapses of attention and prejudices; Thus achieving victory in the external game.

Coaching is a process in which knowledge is not imparted, but it is helped to discover them. It is taking a person from what he is, to what he wants to be.

Coaching brings a new type of training to the athlete: the mental and emotional training.

This type of training allows the athlete to know their thoughts, their emotions, helps them identify and eliminate their limits, helps them to enhance their conditions, learning from mistakes and identifying areas in which they can improve.

The coaching process is made up of humanistic ideas that treat the person as an entity independent of the notion of destiny and his past, but the most important thing is that he can choose and thereby change his attitude towards the environment.

Key Points of Coaching

The mental and emotional training of an athlete helps you develop the following key points:

  • Physical self-knowledge, mental and emotional
  • Emotion management and the environment
  • Overcoming limiting beliefs, replacing them with winning beliefs
  • Increased motivation, self-confidence, perseverance, empathy and discipline
  • Commitment to lead your life in an autonomous and responsible way.

In sport there are seldom chance or miracles. The champion's success derives from an established sports strategy that meets the athlete's needs. That is why the coach opens paths, analyzes situations, gives a different perspective and provides the necessary strategy to enhance the advantages.

The following points are distinguished within the strategic sports process proposed by coaching:

  • Identify the development objective
  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Determine the action plan
  • Set monitoring indicators

Sports coaching is a very effective and essential tool for elite athletes and teams seeking success and competitive excellence in increasingly demanding sports settings.


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