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What tools make the perfect coach?

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PE: What tools makes the perfect coach? The perfect coach is an expert in the fields of biomechanics, sport science, sports medicine, is up to date in all the latest technological advances, is knowledgeable with regards to psychology, physiology, and so on. How realistic is this? How many coaches could you name who are like this? Some coaches possess many of these disciplines mentioned, but at varying levels. In today's sporting world, it is argued that it is impossible for one coach/person alone to deliver all the ingredients necessary for total success. Geoff Cooke, the former England Rugby coach believes coaches are not competent enough in all fields to deliver the best service, and puts forward then, a different kind of approach, an approach which will incorporate the help of a team of coaches instead. This can prove more efficient, effective and can help guide performers more acutely and accurately? Though many performers up to know days have coped adequately enough with the help of just one main coach. I suppose that is why our medal cabinets are lacking so much, some believe. What exactly is coaching then, is coaching or being the coach the job which means you must be the psychologist, the sports scientist, well maybe. ...read more.

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way that the coach is snuffed to one side, and feels he/she is having their toes trod on, this can lead to some roles overlapping then. The other and more recognised form is that it can cause chaos, grieve for the athlete that they don't know if they're coming or going. Geoff Cooke, explains that the coach should be the "leader" still. But would like to see many disciplines devoted to specialised coaches, though how practical is it for an athlete to have numerous coaches telling them what to do over a period of time. The potential for conflict is apparent. Once again Frank Dick, states that, "all incoming information must interrelate, and there is potential for chaos if uncoordinated or poorly managed". Singled out is Martina Navratilova, who had twenty-two advisers on board at one point, look where see got. This though a freak occasion, or pure talent, or a valuable well-organised team effort through her entourage? Glenn Hoddle and his England team have a whole host of coaches making up their team, a nutritionist, fitness instructors, doctors, the works, it seems to work for them too, though these are clearly at the higher end of the scale somewhat. ...read more.

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The feeling is that it is not realistic to believe that the coach will be educated competently enough in all the disciplines to be able to do without external help at times, one day, once we've got these highly qualified well educated, professionals with the national standard of coaching, would it almost eradicate the need for these helpers, but as mentioned the individual disciplines are branching out so fast it might be considered impossible then for just one coach to keep up especially in the pursuit of excellence. The practical way forward seems to suggest a combination of ingredients, add in some coaching education, and add with it a national standard, this can be done via courses, seminars etc. after this has settled down, add in a little bit of professionalism, (so coaches can dedicate all their time and focus on the one thing entirely), then if needed sprinkle together some partnerships with these specialised, knowledgeable experts in their separate disciplines. The evidence from the information I've looked at seems to indicate that the way forwards in the development of excellence and for higher success rates and better performances in 'games' medal tables etc.., as I would have to agree with Geoff Cooke, is the, "team approach", partnerships are the key steps forwards in order to achieve excellence, but better still is the combination of the lot, (professionalism, education programmes, national standards) if and only if managed competently. ...read more.

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