At the moment, general psychology isn’t part of the coaching curriculum and there are 3 main areas outside of sport where coaches pick this up.
The current 3 areas for learning about general psychology are:
Because if you begin looking at the top coaches at the moment and of the past and check their backgrounds, the same patterns emerge.
Wayne Bennett, Rugby League – Law Enforcement
Arthur Lydiard, Athletics – Business
Jake White, Rugby Union – Education
Graham Henry, Rugby Union – Education
Steve Hansen, Rugby Union – Law Enforcement
Ric Charlesworth, Field Hockey – Business/Politics
Rob MacQueen, Rugby Union – Business
Sports psychology is different, for that focuses on the high end of sport and is for performing on the field, whereas general psychology is for understanding people and those who want to destroy teams and what makes them tick and also in learning for getting people to want to learn and that is sadly lacking in coaching education.
The lesson is clear, currently in wanting to become a top coach, become a student of psychology or go into Business, Education or Law Enforcement to get your psychology training.
Because a lack of understanding of general psychology is always a down fall of all coaches.
General Psychology – The least explored field of coach education