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Over Sensititive Athletes -
dealing with their issues
Over Sensitivity in Athletes     
      It is hard to imagine an athlete, who is overly sensitive to criticism, having the perseverance to be successful in a competitive environment, especially in sports. Some sports are evaluated by very objective standards such as tape measures and stop watches. However, other sports that are evaluated by judges, who use subjective standards, that can pose a serious problem to a fragile individual who is unable to accept the criticism from coaches and rejection from judges.

      It is the extremely talented athletes who pose another problem to a coaching staff. The poor attitude and well deserved reputation as being a "Prima Donna" of these athletes makes for an unpleasant environment for sports requiring team work to consistently win!  Any team built around one player makes it very vulnerable to their poor performance or absence.

Insensitivity in Athletes 
      Most coaches have developed a specific style of handling athletes that has been acquired over the years. Those coaches, who have a record of being successful, may not accept individuals who have a reputation for being very difficult to coach and who are not team players.

      The discord resulting from some talented individuals can cancel their potential value to a team. The constant challenging a coaches authority, wasting the coach's time, and exhausting their patience negatively effects every member of a team.

      For those coaches who are willing to extend themselves, the following suggestions may be helpful:
  • Exhibit the Patience of a Saint
  • Never be harsh or use personal comments or comparisons.
  • Avoid constantly criticism, especially when concerning relatively minor items. 
  • Select a time and place that will not put the athlete on the defensive. Avoid making negative comments in front of the athlete's peers.
  • A coach should Never Express Anger when making comments. Even if the concept is to get the athlete inspired, never throw things, use profanity, or strike an athlete of any age or gender.
Be Sensitive to Body Language
      A person's facial expressions and body carriage can provide signs of the following emotions:
  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Annoyance
  • Surprise
  • Disgust
  • Fear
  • Confusion
  • Excitement
  • Desire
  • Contempt
      Face reading is the art of sensing the hidden meaning of what a person is saying by observing and interpreting facial features and body carriage in addition to gestures and voice intonations. Frequently the vocal communication and the body/facial communications will tell two entirely different and conflicting stories.
Feelings of being above the rule of law
      Coaches review their rules of conduct at the start of each training season. The must abide by curfew, be on time for practices and games, maintain their grade level, and always behave to reflect positively on the school, plus never break the conference rules or be involved in breaking civil and criminal laws.

      Unfortunately, some athletes acquire the attitude that the rules do not apply to them because they are star athletes. What is alarming is that sometimes the rules are bent and incidents are covered up. Eventually these passes result in an escalating pattern of behavior that require criminal prosecution.

Recommended Reading:

Facial Expressions - How to Read Facial Expressions  Facial expressions are important to body language. Learn more about some of the things you should look for when trying to read body language.

How to Be a Mind Reader: The Art of Deciphering Body Language April 10, 2007 ... Reading facial expressions is a particularly useful skill for business executives because, so often in business settings, people don't say what the really mean.

How to Learn to Read Facial Expressions The ability to read facial expressions is important for social success. An inability to read facial and social cues is a known disability.

Body Language - guide to reading body language signals How to read body language gestures and signs; female and male body language in business, marriage, and social situations.

Reading Body Language   Reading body language is very exciting indeed! If you know how to read and interpret body language, you can predict other people's mood and thinking.

Secrets of Reading Body Language and Nonverbal Communication  Reading Body Language. Detect flirting, liking and lying in men and women. Send appropriate nonverbal messages.

Reading Body Language and Non Verbal Communication: Reading body language require listening and observing the person you are conversing with. Listed here are the possible meanings of many different body language signs.


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