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Module 1: The role of the coach

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The role of the coach in improving performance: fundamental attributes and skills

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Physical Education - The role of the coach in improving performance:
fundamental attributes and skills

Fundamental attributes and skills

In all of these cases, the coach needs to display some fundamental
attributes and skills. These include:

* having the of the sport, its rules, regulations, training methods etc.
Elite level coaches are constantly reviewing sources of information and
current research in their fields to keep up to date with the latest
thinking in regard to human performance. This involves them acquiring
knowledge in the areas of nutrition, biomechanics, [1] sport psychology,
and physiology.

* so that during the coaching period the maximum use is made of time,
space, facilities, player motivation etc.

* being able to to all people involved. Communication is important not
only with those being coached but also those associated with the athlete
i.e. parents, ground staff, facility managers, club officials, volunteer
staff, other coaches etc. The effective coach lets others around them know
what is going on, so that the aims of the organisation, whether it be the
AIS or the local netball club, can be coordinated to achieve common goals.
Most importantly the communication between the coach and the athlete is
critical. Remember coaching can be very different and may involve a number
of different situations. These situations could involve a one on one
situation, with the coach and athlete in an individual sport, or may
involve a large group who meet a couple of times a week like a local soccer
team, or may involve an elite coach working with a large squad and having
the assistance of specialised skills coaches like an AFL coach. Whatever
the level, however, the basic skills are the same, including an enthusiasm
to with the and personality to be an . Good coaches are also able to
athletes for their efforts.

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