Preparing to Compete

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Preparing to Compete
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Athletes who are properly prepared mentally and physically will benefit from a positive experience
       Physical education and coaching sports are professions that require a background in the field and a degree to learn how to impart this information. These individuals are the primary individuals tasked with helping competitive and recreational athletes achieve their immediate and life goals

       Teaching and coaching involve sports administration, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and sports psychology in order to provide the physical and mental training for all of their student athletes. There are six primary components:
  • Risk management,
  • Injury prevention,
  • Communication,
  • Nutrition,
  • Goal setting,
  • Athlete development.
       It is imperative parents, athletes, teachers, and coaches be familiar with these components in order to insure athletes acquire the desired academic and sports skill development that will prepare them to achieve a positive experience that is balanced with social and life skills.

Risk Management
       Parents and athletes must understand that participating in sports involves a certain level of risk, even when all reasonable training precautions have been implemented. Coaches and parents have a responsibility for all aspects of the athlete's training program. Everyone needs to be concerned about the welfare of the athletes and the maintenance of athletic equipment and facilities.

       The umbrella of risk management also involves the evaluation of the athletic environment including the transportation to the athletic venue, lodging, meals, and supervision. Increasingly the athlete's private and social behavior becomes a risk management concern that is a significant administrative element for coaches. Risk can never be completely eliminated. The athletes must be aware of, and must seek to limit their chances liability exposure. Coaches must exert significant effort to establish rules concerning their conduct and monitor athletes. If an enfraction occurs, an immediate investigation must occur. Most importantly coaches must enforce their rules even if it means removing an athlete from competing.

Rules and simple steps to achieving a positive sports experience.
       Parents and skaters will find the experience more enjoyable and positive if they are familiar with the rules and by following a few simple steps outline in the following articles designed to assist in preparing to enter competitions and take tests.
The mission of U.S. Figure Skating is to provide programs to encourage
participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating.

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