As a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, I often assist athletes and coaches when they face challenges in aligning their communication or defining their roles. My role in these scenarios is to guide them towards recognizing and understanding the behaviors that shape their interactions.
Since sports and performances inherently revolve around people, it’s vital to grasp both the actions displayed and the interpretations they generate.
At times, athletes might seem to disregard those around them, creating an impression of detachment from their team. Such behaviors can be labeled as “selfish,” extending this tag even to the athlete’s personal character.
However, teams thrive when they have a blend of goal-driven athletes and those who appreciate the diverse playing styles of their teammates.
To understand this balance, we’ll identify four key behavioral styles that shape athletes’ motivations and our communication with them.
4 Athlete and Coach Behaviors
1. Persistent and Direct Behavior
Athletes showcasing this trait tend to be focused on immediate results, often showcasing impatience. Tell-tale signs include an emphasis on winning above all, or showing frustration when desired outcomes are delayed.
For such athletes, a change in focus is vital, positioning them to feel in control.
2. Verbal Energy in Communication
Athletes exhibiting this behavior frequently express themselves energetically in their sporting environment. This vocal enthusiasm is often what team coaches desire from their players. However, these athletes may sense something amiss if their energy isn’t reciprocated, leading to potential social tension.
Assigning them leadership roles can be beneficial, helping them feel more in command and valued.
3. Overwhelm and Information Processing
Athletes displaying this trait can be easily overwhelmed by an influx of information or an excessively fast-paced environment. Signs point to their thought processes becoming overloaded, which can hinder timely decision-making.
To manage this, tools like focused breathing exercises and self-talk cues can be beneficial. These athletes often benefit from in-depth, one-on-one conversations with coaches and teammates, helping them gain clarity and feel more in control.
4. Analytical and Detail-Oriented Approach
Athletes showing this behavior are keenly focused on factual and systematic details, often probing with analytical questions about tactics and strategies. Their attention to detail can be challenging for those not as well-versed or those who have differing viewpoints on systematic methods.
Tools like video analysis or in-depth playbook reviews can aid these athletes, bolstering their confidence and sense of control in their sporting environment.
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For a deeper understanding of athletic behaviors, sign up to work with Ludis Athletics’s CMPC (Certified Mental Performance Consultant).
By assessing and debriefing your behavior profile, you’ll gain direct insights and practical strategies tailored for your athletic environment.
If you are ready to elevate your game, connect with Ludis Athletics today!