I find it counterproductive to focus on what an athlete can’t do, what their deficiencies and dysfunctions are. Do I need to know that to be an effective coach? Sure I do. But it is most productive to focus on possibilities, what the athlete can. Accentuate the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. That does not mean to ignore weaknesses just don’t make correcting weaknesses the sole focus. I have done that and then effectively taken away the athletes strength. Build on the strengths especially at the developmental stages of an athletes career.
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