The Art and Science of Coaching

In an article written by K. Davids and J. Baker, the authors studied a large body of information to determine the role of a coach in the development of an athlete’s skill set and athletic performance.
In the early stages of an athlete’s career, developing fundamental motor skills in a positive and enjoyable environment is key. Coaches must address basic movement patterns to ensure safe advancement into more difficult levels of training. If the environment is not positive and enjoyable the risk of the athlete dropping out of sports all together increases.
Expert coaches must meticulously plan each training session and periodize (create a gradual increase in type, frequency and intensity of physical activity) an athlete’s training over extended periods of weeks, and even months. Each athlete is unique and will develop differently, so having a qualified coach involved in his/her development goes a long way to maximizing not only their physical skills, but their cognitive and emotional needs as well.
Superior athletes are developed by superior coaches!
Coach Jesse Schwiegerath
Davids, K., & Baker, J. (n.d.). Genes, Environment And Sport Performance. Sports Medicine, 961-980.