Summary: The Negative Influence Of Coaching

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Sport coaches have been among the most influential figures to athletes both on and off the playing field. They are known as a friend, mentor, and an inspiration to their athletes but can also be a big disappointment when their abusive behaviour comes out. “Some coaches, for instance, seem to be constantly exhorting their athletes in training and competition, often yelling and cajoling in an attempt to induce maximal performance”(Temertzoglou, 2000, pg.277). This type of coaching is a total turn off to the athletes and can affect them greatly in a negative way. Coaches are becoming more like bullies rather than mentors and friends, leading the athletes to switch teams, cheat to win games or quit the sports they love. At their worst, coaches …show more content…
Many coaches take winning too seriously and will do anything and everything to win. “They use fear, humiliation and demeaning, disrespectful behaviors as “teaching” tools” (Podium Sports Journal, 2015, pg.2). When Coaches use those as teaching tools not only does it affect them emotionally but also psychologically. It makes the athletes feel like they are not good enough and all the hard work and practice they put into the sport they love was for nothing. "Coaches need to learn to tolerate their own intense emotions under stress and pressure without offloading onto the athletes their frustration and anger”(Lobdell, 2010 pg.4). If a coach cannot handle their own anger and such and choose to unload it onto the athletes instead, this can affect them psychologically because they will begin to think that it is their fault. For professional athletes they sport that they play is all they have, that is what is putting the roof over their head and food on their table. When a coach begin to mess with their head it distracts them from focusing on the game which will hurt their performance and result in less pay. Less money makes extra stress in their personal life, as a coach you are supposed to be taking away stress not causing it. Some coaches believe that making an athlete play through the pain of an injury will …show more content…
Encouraging your athletes to play hurt so that the team can win is reckless behavior for you as a coach. When you do this you are directly putting your players at risk. You are NOT teaching them to be mentally tough! Playing through pain is NOT a sign of strength. That is a ridiculous MYTH!!!!! Instead, it’s completely ignoring your body’s early warning signs that something is very wrong”(Walker, 2012, pg.3). This is not the only way coaches can physically affect athletes but it is the most common way. Coaches can become extremely selfish and let money and winning be their first priority. When coaching a winning team, money is obviously a huge factor and can drive a coach to do bad things such as forcing an athlete to play with an injury. This is physical abuse as mentioned before but it is not the only form of physical abuse. A lot of coaches will physically harm their athletes whether that is by hitting them, kicking them, throwing things at them, shoving them or even spitting at them it is all considered physical abuse. Due to the fact that coaches have such authority and empowerment over athletes they think that this is all ok and the athletes will keep things confidential. In some cases they do and let this abuse affect them psychologically and emotionally but in other cases they will speak out and

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