Achieving Excellence in High Performance Sport. Experiences by Tim Kyndt

By Tim Kyndt

What does it take for anyone beginning out of their profession to achieve a hugely not easy surroundings? except the technical abilities, what are the foremost values, attitudes and behaviours that carry notable functionality in a regularly altering and important world?

This booklet examines those questions in the not easy international of elite recreation, a degree that locations hard pressures not just at the devoted athletes, but additionally at the behind the scenes expertise of coaches, scientists and scientific aid staff.

With case experiences and interviews all through, this publication offers scholars with a pragmatic research of the non-public strengths, choice and interpersonal abilities required to arrive the pinnacle. The publication additionally includes sensible assistance for college students wishing to start a profession in elite activities, together with additional studying, web content and speak to information of firms at this elite point.

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This appears a smart way to recognise that having an ego is important in whatever we do, but it is the way that it is subsumed into the benefit of the athlete and the group that works particularly well. In any case, Jared just enjoys the process of coaching and finds enough reward and expression for his ego anyway: Although my ego can be fed from a ‘thanks’ every now and then, the majority is self-fed, which I think is the same for the majority of athletes. I take more pleasure from the signs of an athlete’s progress.

As an example, Jared talks about when he publicly stood up for preserving athlete services in the North East and found himself squared up against his then employer, the EIS, which was implementing changes required by UK Sport. The incident happened after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when there were structural changes made to the way the EIS delivered its services to national governing bodies of sport. As a consequence, the services delivered to athletes in the North East region were in jeopardy of being seriously depleted.

A consistent self, offered on a sort of ‘take it or leave it’ basis. Actually, higher self-awareness helps you achieve just that, but it also offers you the flexibility to adapt your behaviour when you choose. This relates to another very practical benefit of increased self-awareness: better communication. So, when you want to influence or motivate different types of athletes or coaches, you are able to draw on a repertoire of communication skills that are better suited to getting your message across to their style rather than yours.

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