Is The Ideal Body Image?

1402 WordsApr 24, 20176 Pages
Society has an ongoing obsession with body image ideals, especially as it relates to what is considered healthy and fit. Being toned, a certain weight, and having perfect curves and proportions in areas of your body has become as important, if not more important, than strength, speed, and functionality as an athlete. These outside opinions directly affect athletes’ confidence level, and the more society pushes images of what is considered perfect, the more difficult it becomes to maintain self-confidence when we don’t see society’s definition in ourselves. As coaches, especially those of us who coach female athletes, it can challenging to help our athletes understand the difference between the ideal body image in society versus the body…show more content…
These types of confidence we can apply to our competitive and non-competitive athletes alike! Teaching Athletes Why Having Self-Confidence Is So Beneficial Having self-confidence naturally makes us happier, and in turn, it makes us more successful in all the things we do, including physical and mental health and fitness levels of athletes. Sometimes it can be difficult to get our athletes to understand the benefits of being self-confident. So, what are some concepts we can share with athletes to help with this concept? 1. Confidence Creates Positive Vibes: When we are happy, we smile, and smile can change our entire demeanor, attitude, and emotions. Positive affirmations and self-talk will replace negative emotions with positive ones, which will lead to a greater self-image. More positivity leads to more productivity as an athlete (Burton, 2016). 2. Eliminate the Appearance of Self-Doubt: The more confident you become, the less you will stress about irrelevant things in life, and the less you worry about other’s opinions on appearance and capabilities (Beeby, 2012). 3. Eliminating Self-Doubt Creates Greater Self-Worth: Teach your athletes the downfalls of self-doubt. As athletes, if there is self-doubt, there is a tendency not to feel valued. Confidence allows athletes to see how important they are, how what they say and do matters and makes them feel proud of everything accomplished. As coaches, we can teach our
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