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Session 2: Unlocking core skills for personal and professional growth

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Infographic is headed by the words ‘PROBLEM SOLVING’, followed by text which reads: Engagement in sports can contribute to the enhancement of problem-solving skills in several ways. Here are some ways in which sports can help develop problem-solving abilities. Other sections are: DECISION MAKING; You will often be required to make choices under pressure, by assessing the situation, evaluating options and making split second decisions. STRATEGIC THINKING; Many athletes will need to anticipate their opponents’ moves, analyse their own team’s strengths and weaknesses, and devise effective strategies to achieve their goals. This nurtures problem-solving skills by encouraging individuals to find creative and effective solutions to overcome obstacles. GOAL SETTING AND PERSISTENCE; In sports, athletes set specific goals and work towards achieving them. They learn to break down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks and persistently work towards them. This goal-oriented mindset fosters problem-solving skills by teaching individuals to approach challenges systematically, break down problems into actionable steps, and persevere in the face of difficulties. Coaches who actively engage in problem-solving become more adept at their craft. Each problem they encounter provides an opportunity to learn and grow, expanding their knowledge, experience, and expertise. ADAPTING TO CHANGING SITUATIONS; Sports frequently involve unpredictable and dynamic environments. Competitors and coaches must adapt to changing conditions, such as weather, opponent tactics, or injuries. This adaptability helps develop problem-solving skills by training individuals to think on their feet, adjust their strategies, and find alternative approaches when faced with unexpected challenges. COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING; Team sports require effective collaboration and communication among teammates. Athletes must work together to solve problems, such as breaking through a strong defence or developing new plays. A coach's ability to solve problems plays a vital role in building and maintaining a cohesive and harmonious team environment. They need to address conflicts, manage personalities, and foster effective communication among team members. Problem-solving skills help coaches identify underlying issues, mediate conflicts, and implement strategies that promote teamwork and cooperation.