Posted on Mon Dec 28 2020
"A coach is an influential figure in the life of an athlete, a sporting mentor with whom the athlete shares a powerful emotional bond. A successful coach puts the interests of the athlete ahead of him/her in every circumstance."
IMPORTANCE OF INTERACTION BETWEEN TRAINERS AND COACHES
A coach is an influential figure in the life of an athlete, a sporting mentor with whom the athlete shares a powerful emotional bond. A successful coach puts the interests of the athlete ahead of him/her in every circumstance. The coach primarily focuses on a team, while a trainer focuses on an individual athlete or team. A coach often encourages parents and athletes to seek guidance through strength-and-conditioning coaches and physiotherapists both during the season and the off-season period to achieve the fitness goals of the player. Coaches are well versed in teaching players skills of the game as they are aware of the dynamics of the sport and teach the purpose of a particular drill or exercise and how it applies or relates to their role in the sport. However, with the coach’s inputs, the trainer can design a workout schedule focusing on improving the different components of fitness. Hence a coach enhances the athlete’s ability to benefit the team, and a trainer can improve the athlete’s ability to perform at his or her best by focusing on their physical fitness. Through a well-organized routine, the goal is to create know-how in a particular area of the sport and skill.
"A coach provides specific requirements to a trainer to improve an athlete’s on-field performance, such as strengths, weaknesses, or on elements of strength, agility, power, agility."
Coaches and trainers, by definition, may have the same roles and responsibilities, but in sports, there are essential differences between the two. A coach provides specific requirements to a trainer to improve an athlete’s on-field performance, such as strengths, weaknesses, or on elements of strength, agility, power, agility. The relationship between coaches and trainers involves sharing data and information on the player’s performance and progress at regular intervals. Both professionals should keep themselves updated on the latest techniques and trends of coaching and physical training. This will help in keeping track of the loads and intensity of training sessions and the recovery protocols can be decided accordingly. There needs to be a clear line of communication among the coaches and support staff. This will help achieve a common goal for the player/team. The support staff should be more open-minded to incorporating new, effective forms of recovery protocols, regular testing of players across all parameters to prepare the player for the next competition. Thus, when the entire team of coaches and trainers work in tandem and create an encouraging atmosphere, meet the requirements of the player, a healthy future is produced.
"Coaches getting into training players might prove to be ineffective if the science and principal of training are not applied properly."
A bitter relationship between a coach, and a trainer could lead to several possible outcomes affecting the players performance directly. A coach or trainer who is prioritizing himself or herself above the players and other support staff would not be worried about his/her position which might affect the team dynamics. Also, coaches not communicating with a trainer or physiotherapist, withholding information about the athlete due to personal insecurities will not help the player grow in their sport. It is very important for the coaches and trainers to take on tasks that they are well versed with. Coaches getting into training athletes might prove to be ineffective if the science and principal of training are not applied properly. The team of coaches/trainers who are working without a process or protocols or monitoring the athlete’s progress at regular intervals due to clash of interest might hamper the performance of an individual or the team.
Thus, the support staff (i.e., coaches, trainers, and physiotherapists) must create a positive atmosphere for the player or the team, and communicate openly among other departments to reduce conflict. They must train the player efficiently to bring out their best and put the requirements of the player before themselves. Eventually, all staff members must share their success equally and proudly among themselves and the players.