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Moral Coaching: The Value of Preparation

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© October, 2016

by Jim Davis
Strength and Conditioning Coach New Trier High School (IL)

Fall has rushed through the east coast and the season is over for many high school and college teams. For the first time in nearly twenty years I was not a part of it. That�s not totally true � I was not on the field or the sideline, but I have been in the academic trenches, so to speak. I�m spending this year at Harvard, studying Human Development and Psychology, with a heavy concentration on educational neuroscience. My aim is to learn and share as much as possible about the moral imperative we have as coaches. If you are a reader of American Football Monthly, it�s safe to say you have taken steps to prepare your players. Keep learning, keep trying to find an edge, but remember that nothing takes the place of hard work and disciplined preparation. So, as we begin planning our offseason, it�s important to keep a few things in mind�

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Coaching Point: In addition to staying current on scientifically endorsed training techniques, try to accurately reflect on what it was like to be a young athlete. What were your concerns? What would have motivated you? Filter the expectations you create through the l ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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