The Right Nut Speaks To Left wrote:
Alex P Keaton's Left Nut wrote:
*Long, exasperated sigh*
Stating again that I don't know the reality of the situation, but I know the smell.
Are you self-defining abuse and harassment? Back in the good old days abuse meant beating the S out of someone. Harassment intentionally seeking to cause distress with repeated actions. The environment being cultivated now is one where anytime someone feels uncomfortable (especially young women as you point out) they are being harassed and abused.
Now it's impossible for any outsider who didn't directly witness anything to tell if this guy is actually intentionally intending to cause harm or simply making passive comments about how it's important to keep your weight down if you want to run at your best. And, unless these girls are already dangerously thin, he's right. To further that, even first-hand encounters are unreliable because you idiots have yourselves convinced that the world is out to get you and that any sign of discomfort is proof of negligent behavior.
Get yourself a pair of lady nuts and face the world. You'll feel better afterward.
Comments about weight issues are not that simple. Even seemingly passive or loss advice can trigger an athlete to lose too much weight. In the book The Silence of Great Distance we read where Stephanie Herbst asked coach Tegen if losing weight would make her faster. Read the book for the result. This is just one of many instances. Young girls should not be encouraged to lose weight by make or female coaches. It might not be harassment but it's poor judgement and Jason should know better.
Herein lies the problem:
1. Distance running does not smile upon those who are heavier than necessary. Even people who don't run can see this.
2. "Necessary" body-fat levels vary from one person to the next and the difference is significant between those who can stay healthy while being very lean versus those who need more fat to stay healthy. For instance, I would break down, get sick, etc. if I went below 8-9% for more than a few weeks when I was competing seriously, but I knew other guys that could be 5-6% year round with no problems.
3. Women do not want to be babied, nor should they. They don't want to be told half-truths or lies simply because they are females, which is understandable.
So how does a coach have a healthy conversation about this with females who ask about weight?
Coaches shouldn't have that conversation at all. If only you'd read Lauren's article, you'd have known that...
'The International Olympic Committee recommends that a â€œcoach should not pressure an athlete to lose weightâ€ nor attempt to set an athleteâ€™s weight. Athletes should be referred to professional dieticians and nutritionists. Yet contrary to these recommendations, members of the coaching staff actively discredit the Athletic Departmentâ€™s dietician, insisting on personally being the source of nutritional guidance for their athletes.'