Exploring sport coaching and psychology
Exploring sport coaching and psychology

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Session 3: Guiding teenagers towards success and life


Do you remember your adolescence and some of the difficult issues you had to navigate (e.g. identity, motivation, failure, comparisons with others)? In this session, you will focus on principles that underpin coaching and guiding teenagers (aged 13–20 years old).

You start by considering the impacts of physical growth in these years, before moving on to consider mental development with the help of a psychologist who works in schools and on the sports pitch. You also hear perspectives and evidence from an influential former physical education (PE) teacher.

Watch the following video featuring Alex Danson.

Download this video clip.Video player: Introduction to Session 3
Copy this transcript to the clipboard
Print this transcript
Show transcript|Hide transcript
Introduction to Session 3
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • recognise the influence of teenage growth and maturation on selection in sport
  • consider how the teenage brain is evolving and how an understanding of this can help when working with teenagers
  • identify how self-control, confidence and emotion are key topics for those working in sport, or with teenagers, to explore further
  • describe the potential influence of role models on young people’s behaviour and aspirations.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371