Female Athletes and Coaches

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There are increasing opportunities for women to compete in sport. Unfortunately the training and preparation has not kept pace with the opportunities to compete. Female athletes need different training programs than men. From an endocrine hormonal perspective and a socio cultural perspective women are different and these differences must be accounted for in training and preparation. Women are certainly more susceptible to certain injuries, specifically ACL tears; this demands that prevention programs be incorporated in daily training. To do otherwise would be remiss. There is still much misunderstanding on the role of strength training with the female athlete. Some athletes and coaches just do not recognize its importance. Culturally in many circles it is not acceptable for women to be muscular and fit. For the female athlete to receive proper training these barriers need to be broken down.
There is no doubt that there is a need for more qualified women in coaching. We need to do everything we can to encourage qualified females to coach. The time commitment and lifestyle serve to dissuade many women because of family obligations and the general socio cultural attitude toward women in coaching. It was interesting to see the 2005 Women’s NCAA basketball final with the final two teams coached by women for the first time. Why did it take so long? Women need positive role models as coaches. They need to be mentored. The typical approach has been to take the outstanding female athlete and when she retires have her go into coaching. This approach sets them up for failure. They need to be trained as coaches. You do not just flip a switch and go from being an athlete to a coach. Ability to excel in a sport seldom equates with coaching success. They need to be educated and mentored so they can truly coach. The women coaches in the fielsd have a responsibility to help rectify this situation by encouauraging thier athletes that they feel would make good coaches get into the profession. Good qualified women coaches will do wonders to help our female athletes get better.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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