Smoke Free Soccer: Coaches Manual: Introduction
Coach, on the following pages you’re going to find activities that will help your team become better soccer players. More than that though, these activities are designed to help you spread the word to your team about the real effects smoking can have on their bodies.
Feeling invincible is part of being young. And why not? They are young and strong. It’s perfectly natural. We all felt that way. And while it’s a wonderful way for young people to feel about themselves, it makes it harder for them to understand or even bother with the message about the effects of tobacco.
These drills help you do that. These drills teach your players about being in control in difficult situations. They’ll learn that they can overcome something even when they are outnumbered. They’ll find that there’s a price to pay in making the wrong decisions. And learn the feeling of success by making the right ones.
In every case, in every activity, they’ll be reminded that they can’t achieve any of their goals without their health. They’ll find out what it’s like to try to do even the simplest thing when they’re out of breath. They’ll really know what you mean when you tell them how tobacco slows down reaction time, makes their hearts beat faster and decreases their performance.
That’s a lot to learn, but they’ll learn it. And, thanks to you, they’ll learn it all while having fun.
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