Coaches can help and teach student –athletes. Sports are a teaching moment, and the coach needs to help these students learn about how to respect people. This would help men appreciate women for who they really are, which is a human being and a person who has similar ambitions as man. The practice plan has to be focused on teaching lessons on masculinity and not portraying women as objects. If men do not see women as objects, men would be more subtle to not force themselves without consent toward another person. Joe Ehrmann, the author and coach who wrote InsideOut Coaching, states three reasons why coaches should teach respectful relationships and to not objectify women (Ehrmann, 2015). He states the following on those three reasons: First, as I have said repeatedly, coaches have an unparalleled platform, power, and position with which to model, teach, and redefine masculinity and femininity. Second, athletes is an appropriate venue in which to critique the false message of our culture and help reframe confusing issues for young people, helping athletes in their struggle to make sense of all the confusing messages targeted at them. And third, as Paula has taught me through her work as psychotherapist, brains can be rewired at any age. The brain is neoplastic, which means that new experiences and relationships can change the shape and function of the brain for better or for worse. An InsideOut coach has the power to provide the experiences that can bring back the innocence of play and guide players having respectful relationships with the opposite sex (pg. 95-96). Coaches have the responsibility to take care of the athletes from elementary to Division I college team, and the coaches have the power to make some lasting change for athletes to make
better decisions with women (Ehrmann, 2015). All it takes is all the coaches to become transformational coaches who teach drills, but they also teach lessons on trust, respect, masculinity, femininity, justice, and honesty (Ehrmann, 2015). What if coaches took sports as a moment for the players to learn topics not taught in school and most of the time not taught at home as well? Athletes would definitely change toward their perspective on women and the world in general. The lessons of respecting women and relationships should be enforced into the practice plan to help the athletes know how to be respectful toward women, especially in the high school setting. If coaches exhibit this lesson and how to have a respectful relationship to people when the players are developing in adolescence (high school age), the players will know what to do in relationships or with women when they step on a college campus for the first time as athletes and as non-athletes. As a result, sexual assault cases will significantly reduce and decline.
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