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Bullying or Honesty – A Coach’s Perspective

The following article is a High School Basketball Coach’s perspective on Bully Coaching, in response to the example presented in “How Bully Coaching Affects Athletes.” Dear Dr. Edger, I do not think the story of the high school quarterback is considered bullying. I understand your argument and what the quarterback might be going through. However, if a coach has time to yell or criticize a player, he cares about the player’s performance, and has high expectations. I think most people would rather have a coach that has high expectations for their players than mediocre expectations. I believe it is the coach’s job […]

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Challenges, Threats and Stress in Sports

The one constant across all disciplines of competitive sport is that of stress. Athletes are continuously placed under copious amounts of stress, yet are still expected to perform at a high level. We would not be hard pressed to come up with examples of athlete who have ‘frozen’ or ‘choked’ under pressure, and have not liven up to the high expectations. Nevertheless, at the same time there are athletes whose performance is not impaired, who succeed despite the pressure all around them. In order to help explain this difference, it has got to be understood that stress is not […]

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Christian Sport Psychology

Being an athlete can be hard for anyone. The pressures to conform to stereotypes and the culture you play in can be some of the toughest challenges an athlete can face. Most people who play sport play for themselves and because they enjoy playing sport. Whereas if you compare a non-christian athlete to a Christian athlete there are similarities in that a Christian will also play sport because they enjoy it. However there is a stark contrast as to who they are playing the sport for. The person that Christians are playing sport for is God. The mind of […]

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