Strength & Conditioning Coach. Performance Coach. Athletics Coach. Fitness Coach. Physical Preparation Coach. Speed Coach. Performance Specialist. The name doesn’t matter; we all have the same goal (helping athletes) with many paths to get there (and yes, some are better than others).
Development is actually not at all about the seminars, the schooling, the amount of alphabet soup on the back of your name when you send an email. It’s not about the number of years you’ve coached, at which level, and which CEUs you last took. It’s how we communicate with athletes, work to earn their trust, adapt to their needs, and care about them.
At the end of the day, injury prevention is basic. We are in the business of building and managing strong, fast, resilient athletes and supporting them to perform at their highest potential for as long as possible. And, in my experience and coaching philosophy, PREVENTION = STOPPING injuries before they can even form or take place, not just limiting them when the first signs show up.
If you are considering hitting on your female coach, please consider the following: we are likely just doing our jobs. Don’t distract, annoy, or demean us. Keep it professional. We will too! Make sure there is clear, explicit interest and consent! Don’t assume she is interested. Nobody likes a creep! Speak up for women and make room for us where you can. Nobody owes you anything!