Coaches can have a profound effect on the mental health of their players, but most coaches have not received training and support in how to develop their players’ social emotional intelligence.
Coaches often teach and model social emotional skills from their own personal sports’ experiences which may be filled beliefs and attitudes that actually reinforce negative mental health stigmas and stereotypes.
Coaches are are very busy and at times, overwhelmed, and need SEL training and support in the form of self-paced, online options.
Developing your players’ social and emotional intelligences is one of most important things that you can do for them.
Social and emotional learning has a far-reaching impact on athletes. Athletes increase their ability to:
- perform athletically and intellectually
- manage their emotions and impulses in healthy ways
- focus and calm themselves when under stress
- work cooperatively as a team
- have a hopeful and optimistic attitude even when challenged
These benefits also carry over into their adult lives. Young people who learn to identify, manage, and express feelings constructively and who form healthy, caring relationships are more likely to avoid:
- anxiety issues
- other mental-health disorders
This online learning platform gives coaches self-paced, 1-3 hr. social emotional learning (SEL) education classes and webinars.