Most intimidating athletes

01 Jan

What if coaches worked to eliminate fear instead of adding to it?

While fear used to be the sole driver behind Halloween, over the decades it’s become an event that ranges far beyond simple boogey-man tactics.

Depending on your age demographic, halloween is an opportunity to dress up to get as much sugar as possible, give away as much sugar as possible, or, on college campuses, an opportunity to dress up vixenly to garner attention from the opposite sex.

For the vast majority of coaches, that means their ability to pay the mortgage and put food on the table rests on the hands and feet of 16-22 year old men and women.

If you do not win early and often, you are out and your replacement is in. Coaching is a dangerous profession to enter into for an individual who struggles with insecurity. People who are insecure are constantly looking for validation from others.

But, some questions I would ask if this is the case.Would the athlete agree that was the best way to motivate them at that time? Does the coach have the player’s good in mind as an athlete AND as a human?Unfortunately, when it comes to our sports culture today, I would argue that fear is often still the primary driver at every level of play among coaches trying to motivate performance. A Regime of Fear A former member of the United States women's gymnastics recently filed claims in civil courts for sexual abuse by the team doctor.The lawsuit makes striking accusations against Bela and Marta Karolyi, saying that they "turned a blind-eye to Nassar's sexual abuse of children at the ranch" and "instituted a regime of intimidation and fear at the ranch for the minor children under their custody." A regime of intimidation and fear.Likewise, coaches should not get a free pass for uncontrolled outbursts under the guise of motivation.I have been involved in sports at some level for the past 25 years. At my core, however, I’m just trying to feel better by unleashing my anger on the easiest target.As one point, the lawsuit alleges, they were required to strip to their underwear to be judged in front of their peers.