O Jornal Internacional de Psicologia dos Esportes (http://www.ijsp-online.com/) publicou um trabalho curioso da Universidade de Portsmouth: a aparência dos treinadores influencia no desempenho dos atletas. Quanto mais formal, maior inspiração aos atletas, sendo que o uso do terno e gravata traria a sensação de maior eficiência à equipe do que equipes cujo treinador usa agasalho esportivo!
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Extraído de: International Journal of Sport Psychology
COACHES WEARING A SUIT WERE PERCEIVED AS BEING MORE STRATEGICALLY COMPETENT THAN THOSE WEARING SPORTING ATTIRE.
SPORTS coaches who wear suits on match days and tracksuits on training days are more likely to get the best out of their teams, according to new research.
Sports scientists at the University of Portsmouth studied the effect a coach’s appearance had on the players’ impressions of their competence.
Dr Richard Thelwell said: “We have found that the clothing that coaches wear can have a direct effect on the players’ perceptions of the coach’s ability.
“Players look to their coach to provide technical skills, to motivate them and to lead them. ” A coach in a suit suggests strategic prowess which is obviously ideal for a match.
“In our study, coaches wearing a suit were perceived as being more strategically competent than those wearing sporting attire.
“However, when wearing sporting attire, they were perceived to be more technically competent than those in a suit.”
For the research, published in the International Journal of Sport Psychology, the researchers asked 97 men and women to observe and give their reactions to static photographs of four different coaches.
The pictures depicted coaches who were of lean physique and dressed in a tracksuit, large physique and dressed in a tracksuit, lean physique and dressed in a suit and large physique and dressed in a suit.
The coach who was of large build and wearing smart clothes was uniformly ranked the lowest in terms of their competence to motivate, develop technique, develop game strategy, and build athlete character.
The coach who was lean and wearing a tracksuit was rated best for technical and character-building abilities which were skills most required at training and development of players and was rated equal best for “ability to motivate players.”
The coach who was lean and smartly dressed was rated best as a strategist, the skill most expected and required at matches. Dr Thelwell said: “First impressions can have a powerful and long-lasting effect, no matter how quickly judgements were made.
“From research, we know that sportsmen and women make snap decisions about their opponents based on first impressions.
“Such impressions then often influence the expectations of the performance outcome that results in success or failure.
“In coaching it is vital a strong rapport develops between the coach and the athlete.
“Sportsmen and women have to be willing to be persuaded to push the boundaries physically and mentally because the coach believes they can push harder or even because the coach just tells them to, but, to date, very little research has been done on what happens in those first few moments, and more importantly whether the athlete is prepared to go along with the coach’s ideals.
“While we are more aware of how athletes might judge coaches, we are still unaware of the processes that athletes go through to be able to develop impressions of coaches and this is something we are starting to look at.”