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“Wearing the same shirts doesn’t make a team” – the phenomenon of team cohesion in sports

What is this so-called team cohesion that everyone is talking about in the field of sport lately? As the above quote states, it is apparently not enough to be wearing the same t-shirts, to have the same team name and … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect? Or should we say: Deliberate practice makes perfect?

All of us who are sport lovers are often fascinated by the unbelievable performance display of many world class athletes. Whenever we admire their epic achievements, we ask; how do they perform so well? Usually, the answer that follows is … Continue reading

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“Can I cope?” – Mental health in adolescent elite athletes

Sport is good for you. Not only for your physical condition, but also for your mental state. This is what we have been taught by our parents, physical education teachers, coaches and popular magazines. And it is indeed well documented … Continue reading

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Is the ‘my way or the highway’ approach to coaching still relevant?

Just imagine, you enter a sporting facility, observe a training session, or follow a competition and see the following: the coach yells and screams at the athletes for incorrect performance; uses name-calling when criticizing and giving feedback; answers the questions … Continue reading

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Friends or foes? The coach-athlete relationship

Have you ever heard of Bob Bowman? Bowman is famous for having coached Michael Phelps since he was 11 years old. Under his coach, Phelps has won numerous titles and medals and became the most decorated Olympian swimmer of all … Continue reading

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