Performance coaching is designed to increase the level of performance; in elite athletes, performance coaching is often focused on performance in big events and focuses on both psychological and physiological preparation. Performance coaching is increasingly popular in professional sports due to the increased intensity of elite sport and the mounting pressure on athletes to perform well.
Performance coaching for team sports
Performance coaching for team sports usually focuses on enhancing team spirit, building cohesion, establishing and honing team strategies, goals and tactics and increasing confidence amongst team members. Other aspects of performance coaching also include relaxation and anxiety management techniques.
Performance coaching for individuals
Performance coaching for individuals focuses on building confidence, controlling nerves and anxiety, mental preparation, increasing attention and focus, establishing individual goals and working on individual game plans. Performance coaching also helps athletes to relax and evaluate their performance after it has finished; this will help them to move forward and progress in the future.
Benefits of performance coaching
Performance coaching is effective because it allows athletes to establish both common and individual goals, increases their confidence and outlines a plan to ensure they peak at the correct time (usually for a major event or high-profile match). Sports performance coaching also helps to increase motivation and build cohesion amongst team players.