Exploring sport coaching and psychology
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Exploring sport coaching and psychology

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.

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I have really good memories of my adolescence. I was more increasingly attached to my sport because it gave me a real sense of identity and of confidence.
I remember my role model growing up was my PE teacher, Mrs Berry. I remember she was the first person that really gave me that sense of belief. I remember she sat me down and said, you could-- not you would, but you could be a county hockey player or more. She taught me the ethic of working hard and really setting a goal as high as I dare to dream.
But I know not all young people are so fortunate, which is a big reason why I and many other athletes go into schools and spend time, hopefully, trying to engage and inspire young people because the transferable values from elite sport into any young person’s life is huge. You think about self-confidence, the ability to work hard, resilience, working together as a team-- all transferable into a young person’s life.
And that was a huge reason why I decided to study with The Open University, because the doors it now opens for me to perhaps go into schools more, perhaps go into a world of teaching, is something that’s always been very, very close to my heart.
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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.

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