It is a popular misconception that athletes know all about health and wellbeing and use this to maintain a healthy lifestyle; however several studies have reported that young athletes in particular often lack some essential knowledge,such as nutritional knowledge (Dunn, D., 2007 & Brunt, A., 2008). We believe that educating them on this and many other areas is important because:
The health and wellbeing of an athlete or sports team is fundamental to the achievement of the athlete’s or team’s goals and ambitions.
By educating athletes from an earlier stage, you provide them with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained through sports in day-to-day life.
Having healthy and highly motivated athletes will enhance performance and bring success to a sports team, while providing lifelong health benefits.
As physical education professionals, there is a great responsibility and expectation on coaches to guide and motivate children, young people, and athletes. Coaches should therefore be able to demonstrate positive, healthy behaviour that will assist. Having well educated coaches is an extra bonus for any sports organisation as they are in a better position to advise their athletes.
Working with athletes and coaches
Using up-to-date scientific findings, we create workshops for young people and athletes, equipping them with knowledge they need to improve their performance whilst maintaining a balanced lifestyle to suit their chosen sport. We use anatomy models in our workshops for illustration, which has proved to be highly effective, especially with our younger audience.
The workshop topics available for coaches are designed to help them offer further support and guidance to children and young people they work with a single aim of creating a healthier generation.