This is part of a three-part series for Sports Scientists.
Youth Athletic Development Webinar: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Practical Approaches to Improve Recovery Webinar: Wednesday, 4 October 2023
Communication with Stakeholders and Athletes Webinar: Wednesday, 18 October 2023
Enhancing athletic performance and fostering strong connections between coaches and athletes lie at the core of effective communication in the sports environment. By employing proficient communication techniques, coaches can accelerate skill acquisition, facilitate teamwork, and overcome negative thoughts and feelings without compromising trust. The establishment of a reliable rapport between coaches and athletes greatly influences sporting outcomes, as it enables the provision of clear and constructive feedback on skill execution. Rather than relying solely on instinctive patterns, effective communication models should be embraced, considering athletes’ information processing and learning preferences. Negative interpersonal communication patterns can severely impact knowledge transfer and impede performance during training and competition. Hence, prioritizing clear, accurate, and empathetic communication empowers athletes to understand their inner processes, regulate emotions, and achieve improved performance.