Psycho considerations for strength coaches


Dave Collins

Strength and conditioning is a core support science, which has seen significant growth in the last few years. As specialisms grow, however, divisions between the professions can also occur. In this presentation Dave looks at some ‘between the ears’ considerations which might help us ‘Mind the Gap’. Considerations from a psychomotor, psychobehavioural and psychosocial perspective are pertinent for all types of coach. BIOG: Professor Dave Collins has published over 350 peer reviews and 70 books/chapters. Research interests include performer/coach development, expertise, and peak performance. As a practitioner, he has worked with over 70 World or Olympic medallists plus professional teams and performers. Current applied assignments include football, rugby, ski and snowboard and motorsport, plus work with non-sports organisations, including combat athletes, dance companies and professional musicians. Dave has coached to national level in three sports, is a 5th Dan Karate, Director of the Rugby Coaches Association, Fellow of the Society of Martial Arts, ZSL and BASES, Associate Fellow of the BPS and an ex Royal Marine.