Coach Drills v Player Drills
I've recently come up with a new term to describe drills: 'Coach Drills'. When I say that I've come up with it I mean that I've never heard the term in exactly the context I use, but, of course, that doesn't mean thousands haven't come up with it before!
Like most conversations about coaching, let's start with....Brain Neurochemistry.
We know that there is a lot of brain neurochemistry that goes into athlete enjoyment and learning:
- we know that acetylcholine is a 'focus chemical' which is released when there is focus and urgency, and that it helps establish neural pathways required for change
- we know serotonin is a confidence builder which can be enhanced with breathing techniques (if I recall correctly)
- we know that dopamine helps resilience and that the combination of dopamine and adrenaline can be beneficial, but adrenaline alone is more likely to make you want to give up
- we know when amygdala deficit (fight or flight) is activated it is harder to learn (although I think someone told me recently this has been questioned recently, but I haven't seen anything about that)
- we know that endorphins are released when you exercise which help make you feel good (this one is important).