Titled Athletes and Coaches: the Psychology of CrossFit, the article examines ways in which coaches can communicate more effectively with their athletes in order to boost performance.
The precis from the CrossFit Journal page, reads:
Steven Shrago, a British psychologist and CrossFit trainer, offers coaches advice on how to get better results by building better rapport with athletes.
Coaching is not just about stopwatches, whiteboards and learning progressions. It’s about relating in a meaningful way to a diverse group of people. At the core of the CrossFit model is the relationship between athlete and coach. This relationship may be on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.
Coaching knowledge and virtuosity are strong determining factors in the results achieved by individual athletes. But sometimes coaching relationships do not work as well as hoped. That doesn’t have to happen. So how to improve the athlete-coach relationship?
Let’s start with a truism: Everyone is different. From physical size, ability, capacity and potential through to more subtle and ethereal concepts like beliefs, personality and values, it’s clear we are all unique. Your mum was right about that. Coaches need to bridge differences to relate to everyone in productive and effective ways.
I’ll outline three progressions you can work through to develop your awareness and skills around building a relationship with your clients. The techniques increase in complexity and build on one another. It goes without saying that although these skills have great utility in CrossFit context, they’re also pretty useful in life outside the box.
The three progressions are active listening, building rapport and rich communication.
You will need to hold an active subscription for the Journal in order to read the article in full. However the paltry $25 per year that the subscription costs is thoroughly outweighed by the quality and volume of information available daily and in the archives.