Poetry in Motion

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Coaching cues? Do they work? Who are they for, the visitors of the guru coach or the athlete? When is too much feedback. When is a sit down explanation useful? When is observation of a fellow athlete or film necessary? I don’t have the answers, but my questions are good ones as I am convinced that cues are often too complicated or vague. Many times you can’t coach something that is training or therapy related. It’s like teaching a guy to dunk with words when their vertical jump is 18 inches. Many times coaches need to realize that repetition is important, as skills take a long time to acquire. Also, simple programs with attention to detail work better than the chaos programs that are littered with cool exercises and equipment. What emotions are needed to convey things? Drills and exercises do help, but often coaching an error is about perception and not finding a convenient solution like magical drills (similar to magic exercises) or replacement exercises. Can you coach? Can you get people to move properly. My guesses are that 95% of coaches need to do a PE class on fundamentals with 5th graders before working with HS and College athletes. Shaping, part whole part, stacking, it’s all great but at the end of the day are kids better? The balance between stern and relaxed is difficult for most of us. Who are the master coaches? With some gurus opt removing exercises or options they can’t coach, who are we to listen to?
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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