Role Models: Sports Coaches Have More Influence Than You Think
It is common knowledge that sports coaches act as role models for their athletes. After all, most coaches set the example they want their athletes to follow. If they want them at games and training early, the coach is always first. If they want them to always be positive, the coach is always the most positive of the group.
But those examples only represent what happens on the field or court. Where in fact, coaches play a much larger role in their athlete’s lives than they may be aware of. For example, in a recent article, I mentioned how many coaches coach in a similar way to how they were coached when they were younger. Consider that for a moment and I’m sure you can draw some parallels between your coaching style and that of your previous coaches.
It doesn’t stop there, however. Studies have suggested that sports coaches have a greater influence on young athletes than both parents and teachers. That’s not a responsibility that can be taken lightly. So, as a role model for sport and life, what example are your core values setting for your athletes?
“I’m very thankful for the platform I’ve been given, and I realize that I’m a role model for many people. I want to use my platform to spread positivity.”James Charles
Below is a button that will take you to an article by Michael Austin. in this article, Michael discusses the degree of influence a coach can have on young athletes. You’ll discover some ideas and examples that incite thought about your own values and actions and how they may be having a long-term effect on your athletes.
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