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Whilst observing my athlete in training session I noticed he looked very stressed, agitated, very uncomfortable and frustrated I was already aware of his current stresses as he is waiting to have his foot amputated and will be out of training for a while. The athlete didn't quite seem himself when asked "are you ok?" he replied " I just can't seem to get my throws right and it's frustrating me". Whilst observing throughout the whole training session I couldn't find anything wrong apart from the fact that he looked very tense and not very relaxed like he normally was when throwing. I didn't want the athlete to feel deflated or disheartened so I stopped the session for 10 minutes to explain that his throws were great and that his seated position was great however he looked very tense. I explained that some athlete's like to be geed up /egged on unsure these are the correct terms to use, some throwers shout whilst throwing and some athletes just like total silence before competition, I explained that one of our other athletes throws better when he shouts I found this out last year when he too was having difficulty with his throwing and I advised him to become a little more aggressive with his throws, that athlete took my advice and threw 2 meters more with his aggression. Knowing that the athlete was very tense and not very relaxed I advised him to try some breathing techniques as this might help relax him. The athlete took my advice sat for 5 minute took some deep breaths and began to relaxed. From those 5 minutes of relaxation and breathing techniques this enabled the athlete to have better concentration he said he didn't feels as tense and felt more relaxed and happy his performance after 10 minuets became much better.
Being an ex athlete myself I was not one of those athletes you would egg on /gee up in or out of competition I hated people cheering for me as I felt this was off putting.
Thank you soo much for your reply, the Elephant scenario that really bought a smile to my face and to which I will use.
It can be a little difficult to know exactly what to say when your athletes have underlying issues and also mental health issues. When coaching I always try to make a joke but also be professional at the same time, I feel being a little crazy is a must to bring a smile to athletes faces this also makes session's a little less tense.
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