What can be guaranteed as an S&C coach is that you will be working closely with athletes, coaches and be part of a multi-disciplinary support team, this can at times firmly place the S&C coach as the middleman which can be a difficult space to navigate.
Coaching athletes is a people-based occupation, communication with either groups or one on one is a fundamental part of the job.
Throughout a training cycle, your athletes will experience highs and lows which will be expressed through a range of emotions from sadness, disappointment, frustration and anger through to satisfaction, pride, honour, happiness and elation.
A large part of your role as a coach is to provide the psychosocial support that each group or athlete needs when they need it (Radcliffe, Comfort and Fawcett 2013). Essentially ride the emotional roller coaster with your athletes and act as a guide/support network throughout.
This may include acting as a sounding board for athletes who have got injured, been dropped, searching for a new team, had a disagreement with the head coach or have family problems. All of which can cause stress for the athlete and impact performance, for the coach not only can this be exhausting, draining but occasionally put you in compromising positions where you have more information than you might need (Szedlak, Smith, Day & Greenless 2015).
The reality of the job is that there are also psychosocial demands on the S&C coach which rarely enter onto a job description or get discussed at interviews. Whilst at times challenging, it can also be an incredibly rewarding experience and allows for a greater connection with athletes which can be highly beneficial for buy-in, team cohesion and ultimately job satisfaction for the coach.