So you think you're a great coach or trainer because you have the best drills or program design? Come on now! Your athletes deserve better than that!
One of my biggest pet peeves (besides people not reracking weights) is when coaches or trainers don't actively coach.
One of the very first pieces of coaching advice I received from @coachphil21 my first year coaching college football was that, "There is something to be coached on every rep." That holds true whether it's on the field or in the weightroom. It's your job as a coach to increase certain behaviors, while decreasing others, to get the desired results from your athletes. This is done through reinforcement.
Learn what types of reinforcement your athletes respond to. It may be different for each one of them, but please don't passively coach and only put them through a drill or weight program.
Remember, there is something to be coached on every rep. Be an active coach. Your athletes deserve it!
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About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He a member of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.