Good & Bad In Coaching Passion

In terms of passion, researchers from the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology tell us there are basically two types of coaches. The ones who harmoniously display passion by hugging the kicker who just made that last minute field goal, and the obsessively passionate ones who throw clipboards and scream red-faced at officials. The passion being channeled here isn't about winning or losing situations. It's about personalities.

Questionnaires completed by players as well as coaches revealed that harmonious passion was much more likely to be accompanied by a very positive coach-athlete relationship. While obsessive passion had no correlation to coach-athlete relationships, it was a very strong predictor of personal well-being.

The Bigger Picture: The implications of this study suggest that coaches who can't control their passions are denying themselves the best possible relationships with their players and potentially damaging their own health. With so much on the line, it's easy to see how a professional league coach might find him or herself in an obsessively passionate condition. On the other hand, recreational athletes, their trainers and coaches would do well to heed the warnings of this research. To get the most out of life, you have to keep things in perspective.
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