Beyond the Numbers: Assessing Intangibles in Weightlifting

Bob Takano
Olympic Weightlifting

The coaching of weightlifting is frequently misrepresented. For those thinking of entering the field, I think it would be helpful to consider the approaches and methods for coaching sports that are not so heavily dependent upon numbers. 


How Is Progress Measured?

The sports that are more artistic and creative come to mind. How do gymnastics or diving coaches determine whether progress is being made or how much? The events do not lend themselves easily to measurement and so numerical representations of quality are not easily available, especially at beginning levels. The number of back somersaults performed tells nothing about the quality of performance.


Furthermore, the coaching of any sport requires immediate feedback so that athletes can associate a coaching input with the recently perceived kinesthesia.


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