Coaches job: getting athletes to perform well.
Silly Old Fossil wrote:baller wrote:When are you guys going to realize your track coach is the same as/similar to your employer (particularly if you are on scholarship)....he is not your therapist.
"Coach’s eyes narrowed. “You need to realize that I focus on your performances during practice and at races, and I don’t spend much time thinking about your lives outside of that realm. I’m coaching at a Division 1 level, and it’s my job to produce successful student-athletes that can compete at a Division 1 level."
I ran for a top 30 D1 NCAA and top 20 academically ranked school. I can honestly say I have heard this exact speech from my coach, and reading it on this girls blog was chilling and depressing. I had almost forgotten about all the conversations we had in my coach's office about girls on the team and their problems, what I "need to do to run faster" (lose weight), and how the job of the coach was to produce results. Scary how accurate this blog is.
Consider losing weight to be a condition of employment. If you are running up to your capabilities I doubt any coach is going to require you to lose weight...just for the sake of losing weight.
Randy Thomas is doing these girls a huge favor by exposing them to the "real world" they will be facing once outside college. DO mens college coaches have to deal with this stuff?
Your employer is going to place demands on you to perform...remember you are also competing against men in the workforce also. Your employer may well yell at you on occasion.
Why are eating disorders a uniquely upper middle class American white girl issue?????
And yes, I probably don't understand, TRG.
Anorexia: leads to not performing well, injury, hospitalization, quitting the team, death.
I fail to see how anorexia IS NOT something the coach should have to deal with if he wants his athletes to perform well. I don't expect every coach to hold their hand and personally help them with issues like this - but fine, cut them from the team, direct them to someone who can help them. ENCOURAGING them to not eat and allowing it to happen is just showing them that there are a lot of a-holes in the real world like himself. Sure, there are, that doesn't mean you have to be one too.
And, losing a few pounds is probably not going to help their performance that much - they'd be better off a few pounds heavier than anorexic. It is not the coaches job to tell girls to lose weight. Any idiot knows that you don't want to lose weight in the middle of the season anyway. These coaches are trying to get their job done, but the problem is that they dont know anything about physiology.