Paradoxical Interventions

Paradoxical interventions offer coaches new flexibility in dealing with athletes that may prove beneficial to both parties. Well-timed and individually tailored interventions can have the effect of helping the athlete turn a frustrating situation into a humorous one (BarEli, 1991). Humor is often a side effect of a good paradoxical intervention as it helps to create a distancing effect from the problem situation. This serves to relax the athlete, which is usually a significant part of the problem. Paradoxical coaching can be applied to any event in track and field where athletes are mired in making repetitive technical mistakes and not able to correct them with the usual methods. (siehe auch: Bar-Eli, M. (1991). On the use of paradoxical interventions in counseling and coaching in sport. The Sport Psychologist. 5, 61-72)

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