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IFAC Reflections Part 2
January 22, 2019
A review of Jerome Simian’s workshops on physical preparation for sport. I had to choose between different “strands” of coaching topics at the IFAC conference in Loughborough. A difficult choice, not wanting to miss out on some excellent speakers. I chose to attend Simian’s because of a quote I heard on the HMMR podcast: “I […]

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Making mistakes in coaching: Diary of an intern

Learning the Olympic Lifts

In my last reflection I spoke about needing to have confidence in myself and I have certainly been working towards this with James’ help. I had the great opportunity of taking the Athletic Training Group which runs on Wednesday evenings at Exeter Uni.

During the past couple of sessions I have helped James out with, we have been doing some Olympic lifts. I have not done these types of exercises before so my knowledge and confidence in this area isn’t very strong.

I did feel that because I am a personal trainer, I should already know these lifts, techniques, teaching cues etc.  I felt a little guilty telling James that I didn’t feel confident enough to teach these by myself. His answer…”that’s why you’re doing this internship.”

How can you improve without learning and correcting?

He was completely right. I am learning and growing as a trainer and coach all the time, especially during my time with Excelsior. It’s ok not to know things.

So my job is to increase my knowledge and understanding of these movements through James (and the level 2 S+C course James runs.) I am allowed to not know things, just as athletes are allowed to make mistakes.

I am looking forward to hopefully starting courses and a development group like the one I help James out with in Cardiff when I move there at the end of March.

I have also been doing a lot more research through reading, online and through coaches that have more experience in their fields so that my knowledge grows further still.

Gemma Robertson 

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