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Coaching the Rowing Coach – the German method

How is German rowing so successful at the top end?  Part of the answer is a strong club … read more

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How is German rowing so successful at the top end?  Part of the answer is a strong club scene with good coaching, great recruitment and large participant numbers.

But looking after coaches wellbeing – psychologically – is a new aspect to the German coaching system.  Dr Annelen Collatz has studied the psychology of the sport of rowing – starting with athletes [What Psychology makes a top Rower?} and is now looking at coaches.

What makes a successful rowing coach?

Dr Collatz isolates four principal groups of coaches and lists their psychological make-up.  Starting from the list of tasks a coach has to do, moving into an Inventory of Personality to align with the individual coach.  She then goes into a lot of detail about communication messages and the 3 levels of information contained in each before wrapping up with a summary of work :  life balance for a rowing coach.

Read Dr Collatz other work on Psychology in Competitive Sports

Rowing coach aptitude Rowing Coach message levels

Rowing Coach Tasks List
Rowing Coach Tasks List

Rowing Coach work life

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About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

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