Posts Tagged 'coach'

Participating by design: A method of teaching special needs athletes

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In last week’s blog I discussed to importance of adapting an exercise program to the unique needs of the athlete. Today, I would like to expand on that theme. Let’s assume that a special needs athlete asks you to coach them. How would you go about designing an exercise program that is challenging and yet respectful of their capabilities?

Posted by guest Feb 21, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Art of Coaching a Special Needs Athlete

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Last week I wrote a blog about the application of the principles of “The Tripod Project”. This is something that identified three themes that supported the development of an athlete (or student): the exercise program’s “content”, the skill of the coach / teacher in delivering the content (pedagogy), and the importance of  the athlete – coach relationship. Over the next weeks I will post blogs on each of these themes starting today with “content”.

Posted by guest Feb 15, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Teaching Sports to students with special needs: A tripod of influences

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In 2002, Harvard University Professor Robert Ferguson was interested in understanding why some students seemed to underachieve at school – especially boys from different ethnic backgrounds. Ferguson initiated the Tripod Project to evaluate a “tripod” of influences that he believed were essential for successful learning: Content – what you teach; pedagogy – how you teach it, and the importance of relationships in the life of the student.  A simple logic underscored The Tripod Project: Each “leg” is important and balances the other.  When applied to a sports coaching and teaching context the implications were clear: You may be a coach with a deep knowledge of sports (content), but if you don’t know how to effectively teach this content, the tripod is unstable.  You may have excellent teaching skills but if you are poor at building and developing relationships with your students (athletes), again, the “tripod” is not balanced.

Posted by guest Feb 07, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Why coach special needs athletes?

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I want you to think about your favorite PE teacher or sports coach. What was it about that person that made sport fun? How did they make you feel like you were a valued member of the team? Was it the way that they taught you? Perhaps they had a lively almost comical style that made you laugh. Did they make you feel that it was okay to make mistakes in practices?  Did you like that coach because they would not allow teammates to tease you?

Posted by Jennifer Green Jan 24, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments