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Excerpts — Sport Psychology for Coaches

What communication means for a coach

When communicating, coaches tend to focus on the content of the messages they send: "Run hard"; "Follow through." In doing so, they believe that the information is objective and that athletes will always receive the message as intended. That belief is far from the truth.

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Coaches key in making competition a positive or negative sport experience for athletes

Competition is not responsible for either the positive or the negative consequences so frequently highlighted by the media. The impact of competition, both helpful and detrimental, results not from competition itself but from how it is organized and conducted. As a coach, you play a major role in making sport a positive competitive experience—or not.

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Good communication skills are key to successful coaching

Coaches need to be able to clearly communicate expectations, goals, standards, and feelings to their athletes.

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