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2 Steps For Coaches To Take Before Creating A Coaching Philosophy

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Dr. Karen Collins (@KC_UNH) is an associate professor of Kinesiology (Sport Studies) at University of New Hampshire. Collins research often focuses around coaching athletes with learning disabilities (such as ADHD) and the practical implications her findings have for coaches.

In this video, Collins shares the first two steps in creating a coaching philosophy. Collins says self-reflection comes first, meaning coaches must understand their own core values. Second is understanding where your athletes are coming from and why they are on your team. These two components set the stage for a coach looking to develop a coaching philosophy.

To actually make the coaching philosophy effective, though, and move it from more than just a philosophy on paper, coaches must test their coaching philosophy in action to see how it works and resonates with their players.