Seminar for Coaches "OLYMPIC EDUCATION IN INFORMAL EDUCATION"

Seminar for Coaches "OLYMPIC EDUCATION IN INFORMAL EDUCATION"

On 24 May, the Lithuanian Olympic Academy held a seminar for coaches "Olympic Education in Informal Education". Coaches of various sports from all over Lithuania participated. The moderator of the seminar LOA Vice President prof. Algirdas Raslanas introduced the goals of the seminar and the lecturers, as well as shared insights about the directions taken in sports policies.
In his report "Implementing the Sports Reform. Directions in Preparing Sports Specialists and Instructors", member of the LOA, chief specialist at the Physical Education and Sports Strategy Unit of the Department of Physical Education and Sports, public service assistant to K. Smirnov (MP and Chairman of the Youth and Sports Commission) Renatas Mizeras revealed the importance of the Sports Law, actively discussed with the audience about the issues in advanced formal coach qualification, the requirements in place for coaches, the importance of leadership in the sports system, and the necessity of cooperation between federations and higher education institutions. The problem of athletes' security (social, health etc) was raised.
LOA member, lecturer at the Department of Physical Education of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Klaipėda University Vytė Kontautienė spoke about the psychological "side effects" of physical activity, the importance of self-control for athletes, the role of a coach in finding a motive that is important to a child doing sports, stressed the importance of showing the child his or her development, and answered questions from the audience. In his report "Key Problems Faced by Contemporary Coaches", general physical fitness training specialist Bronius Burneika drew attention to financial and educational issues, provided many practical tips on how to control the muscular system, the body, explained the importance of practicing motions, executing exercises correctly, and how pain (of the head, back etc) is related to health issues in other parts of the body.
Psychotherapist Rinalda Germanienė, who works with national teams of various sports, analysed the psychological qualities of a good coach: the importance of understanding that everyone is vulnerable, the coach's role as a life guide for a child. A good coach has to be fit not only physically and tactically, but also psychologically, considering that training athletes of any age is a very responsible job. By giving examples from the sports world, the lecturer showed the importance of focusing on the process rather than the result, the relationship between emotions and burnout, that focusing attention on the here and now must be trained just like the body, the liberating effect of self-confidence, that pursuing excellence as a reaction to external pressure and opinions is dreadful, and encouranged the coaches to ask "what is right" instead of "who is right".
The organisers of the seminar, LOA program manager for Olympic education Enriketa Prunskienė and administrator Ramūnė Motiejūnaitė, thanked the lecturers for the interesting and relevant reports, and the coaches for their involvement, raising questions and discussing.

Photos of the seminar can be found in a gallery here.

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