Body as Communicator

In this video Kevin Carroll, presentation coach, explains the importance of body language when giving a speech or presentation.


Body language – gestures, facial expressions, eye movement, breathing patterns, skin colour changes, muscle tone, interpersonal distance, and posture – is thought to play a key role in sport, as the majority of communication there is done through the body (BPS, 2012).

According to the New York Times (2006), positive body language is essential in sports because it holds a team together and promotes effective communication. Winning is the common goal in sports, and poor body language can convey that you are not a team player or that you have lost confidence and respect for your fellow teammates. Positive nonverbal communication can solidify a team and help build both communication and respect. NCBI (2010) reports touching forms of nonverbal communication, such as a high-five or pat on the back, build cooperation and improve performance.


Body language will be focused on in future sessions and the impact of engagement and enjoyment will be noted.

References (2012). The key role of body language in sport | BPS. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 29 Nov 2012]. (2010) Tactile communication, cooperation, and performance: an ethological study of the NBA. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 29 Nov 2012]. (2006) Language of a Losing Team? Read Their Bodies – New York Times. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 29 Nov 2012].


Paperwork and Group Observation

In order to begin my coaching placement with the youth athletes group based at Lincoln Welington athletics club, I have given the supervisor: Linda the supervisor paper work. Once recieved back it will be visable in the appendix: supervisor appraisal or click here.

I have been observing the group and, with colaberation with the lead coach, have come to the conclusion that the majority of the group need to focus on fundementals and aerobic fitness. From this the needs anaylsis will be produced.

With further communication with Linda (Lead Coach) the scheme of work will be written and will be seen in more depth on the session reflections.

Coaching Philosophy

It is important to determine what your coaching philosophy and coaching style is. Although coaching style varies from situation to situation it is im,portant to establish which one best suits you and your athlete. For instances the uka coaching resources suggests that the optimal coaching style should be an athlete centred approach.

However for a better understanding on coaching philosophy, please see the below clip.


Seeding is the term used by sociologists to describe the hypodermic syringe model. thought by one embedded into others. this process is also evident in coaching. As coaches we part knowledge to our athletes in order to develop and progress their performances. This also relates to the Ltad model of coaching.

Our ideas are comunnicatced in verbal and non verbal methods. In coaching this could be a demonstation of a movement or the explination. For example see Mike Powell’s Coaching the long jump video.

This enables the athlete to experience both verbal and non verbal communication, thus expanding their knowledege. The coach has successfully put their ideas accross to the athlete. However in order to do this effectivly, the coach has to engange with the athlete.