Rich talks with former World Cup ski racer Allison Forsyth about how to coach athletes and hold them accountable without crossing the line into outdated abusive behaviour.
The conversation sprouts from our podcast on the movie "Miracle" - based on the true story of the US Olympic hockey team's upset victory over the USSR and subsequent gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
In the film, coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) employs some old-school tactics that are just not acceptable by today's standards - including "bag skating" his team until they puke, and publicly challenging a player to continue with an injured thigh.
How should modern-day coaches approach incidents of inattention and poor play? Does punishment or sanction have a role in today's coaching culture?
Allison Forsyth is uniquely positioned to answer these questions. As an athlete, she reached the very top of her sport while surviving sexual abuse at the hands of a coach.
These days, Forsyth is Partner and Chief Operating Officer for ITP Sport and Recreation (www.itpsport.ca), where she consults with sports organizations on how to create and maintain a safe environment for athletes and coaches.
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