Self Awareness Sports Coach

How Developing Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Your Coaching. (Part 2)

Developing Self-Awareness In the previous blog post I introduced the concept of Behavioural Agility – adapting our coaching behaviours to meet the preferences of the people we coach – and suggested that recognising our own Emotional Intelligence (EI) and that of the performers was vital to improved performance. The starting point for any EI development is self-awareness. Self-awareness allows us to take a step back and examine the way that weRead more

How Developing Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Your Coaching. (Part 1)

“Do you control your mind or does your mind control you?” That is a normally the starting question I pose to the coaches I work with and it usually opens up some interesting and insightful debates. When developing Emotional Intelligence the key concept is to realise that everything we do involves the experiential triangle of thoughts, emotions and actions. Whatever the situation, we are always thinking, feeling and doing. Try thisRead more

Structuring training to reduce anxiety.

Your team is having a poor start to the season; has a losing record as they head towards the half way point of the season; and is languishing at the bottom of the league table. This is the situation that a friends team finds itself in, so it got me thinking as to how training is structured to give them the best chance of improving performance over the comingRead more

Business v Sport – Motivational Climate:

It used to be that businesses would get a sports person at the top of their game to give advice or a motivational speech on how their organisation could work better together, as a team and how managers could get the most out of their employees. This still happens but is it now time for sports teams to look at those at the top of business? Since business hasRead more

‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’ Lao-tzu (604 BC – 531 BC)

As we start another year, what better time to re-evaluate where we are now and where we want to get to. So, I have decided to do a quick post on how to structure your goal-setting (I don’t really like the term ‘resolutions’ that commonly gets thrown around but not normally adhered to at this time of year). I’m never sure how valuable the various quotes and philsophies thatRead more

Ben Cairns – ‘How quickly things in professional sports can change’

A bit of background Ben sustained a seriously bad tear to his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in a pre season match against Sale Sharks in August 2011.  Ben begins his story leading into his first week of full training at the start of December 2011. Post 1 I came back into full training feeling very confident on my knee, I was so relieved to have escaped the first episodeRead more

Ben Cairns – Road to recovery

On the 19th August 2011, professional rugby player Ben Cairns ruptured his ACL in a pre season match against Sale Sharks. After a couple of set backs Ben is playing for the first time in 15 months on Friday night for Melrose RFC in the British and Irish Cup. Ben has agreed to write about his road to recovery in a series of posts on our blog, with hisRead more

Psychology in elite sport – Bradley Wiggins

I read this article by Chris Bevan on the BBC Sport website and thought it backed up the importance I placed on psychological preparation in order to reach your full potential. “Wiggins’ precise preparation for the Tour was based on science, his hopes of winning it now rest on psychology.” Give it a read and let me know your thoughts…. My next blog on the Sports Physiologist will beRead more

Why is RECIPROCAL SPORTS COACHING such a useful tool?

Reciprocal sports coaching is such a great way to maximise time, and give your team a greater understanding of what they are trying to achieve. If you consider your understanding of your chosen sport as a player, and then think about how much better you understand the same sport now you are coach, I would imagine you would all be in agreement that as a coach, your understanding ofRead more

Is there a place for professionalism in amateur sport – 2. Psychology?

Psychology Following on from my previous post about introducing the lessons learned from the professional game into other amateur sports, I am going to consider how sports coaches can use psychology as part of their preparation. As part of our preparation for our first tour in the IRB 7’s World Series we had a team session with the questions being asked aimed at focussing us on our team values,Read more

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