Retirement, LTAD, and the early-stage coach

In a fascinating article in Sport Magazine last week (“Life After Sport: A study“), Steven Sylvester, former Middlesex cricketer and now chartered psychologist working with world champion athletes, explained the problems faced by full-time athletes as they make the transition into retirement.

As a recreational/community coach and sports fan, I am not sure that I have ever even thought about the challenges facing a professional athlete at the end of their full-time playing career.

But perhaps we can help by trying to instil the “growth mindset” into our charges at an early age – the idea that any challenge can be overcome if it is approached in the right way.

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One small, still moment…six times an over

A bowler is struggling with consistency – two or three good balls, followed by several wayward deliveries.

He is getting distracted by the bad balls, with the result that he will become increasingly less consistent.

One approach to remedying a loss of concentration is to introduce a simple pre-delivery routine, with the intention of allowing the bowler one small, still moment to focus on one thing, and one thing only – delivering the ball.

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Concepts to challenge your approach to coaching – from Dan Abrahams

I attended the SportInMind Football Psychology Workshop, with Dan Abrahams, partly because I have just started onto the football coaching pathway, but mostly because I am becoming more and more interested in what Dan describes as “human and performance psychology – the internal that drives the external.”

And I have to say that Dan did exactly what he set out to do – challenged (in a good way) my own approach to how I coach. Continue reading “Concepts to challenge your approach to coaching – from Dan Abrahams”