Coaching Matters: Around the web February 2017 week 1

Coaching Matters, a round-up of the articles I have found interesting in the past week relating to coaching, sport science, physical preparation and skill acquisition.

Last week I posted a Review of the EIS Skills for Performance Workshop that detailed a heavy emphasis on Insights Discovery Personality Profiling. Not knowing much about it I did some digging & found very little substance underneath. Not only that but there are significant issues with the way it shapes people’s perceptions and actions – I detailed some thoughts on Twitter. It set me thinking about the amount of Bullshit that exists in Elite Sport. When I first started Coaching I thought that if Elite Coaches were using methods they must have passed a rigorous litmus test of quality. This is definitely not the case and over recent years I have encountered Elite coaches espousing Left/Right Brain, Learning Styles, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Neuro-Linguistic ProgrammingK Tape, Biosignature, I could go on but you get the idea… The surprising thing is that even a cursory Google brings up many of the problems with these Emperor’s New Clothes. Elite Coaches can be just as susceptible to Snake Oil Salesmen’s bullshit as a Novice so the next time someone tries to sell you on something assume nothing, believe no-one and check everything….I keep saying that don’t I?! 

The whole point of this blog is sharing and interaction so if you have written or know of similar content that would be good for future posts then please let me know via Twitter @SiNainby.

Don’t forget to check out the Coaching Matters Live Round Up Tool, all the previous Coaching Matters blogs, my Notes From blogs of various lectures/CPD I have attended and various random thoughts on coaching.

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Simon Nainby is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and Tutor, Sports Massage Therapist, RFU Level II coach and an Assistant Athletics Coach. He has worked for a number of professional and semi-professional teams and he currently acts as a coaching consultant through Underground Athletics to a wide range of athletes from rugby players to Olympic Lifters. He provides physical preparation training and support in order to maximise sports performance. This consists of strength, speed and power training combined with recovery support to create a periodised programme which is essential for athletes to perform to their potential.

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