Chiara Iacono Manno_RECCOMENDATION FOR TRAINER HOW TO WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE DIFFICULT, AGGRESSIVE, EXCLUDED, NOT MOTIVATED, ETC.Choosing of being a trainer, regardless of the sport, means taking responsibilities. Trainer, in fact, can easily become a guide and model for his athletes, above if they are young athletes.

For a teenager, trainer can be a point of concern and support during his period of growth and it’s good that coach knows it and he’s prepared for this role. Greater shrewdness and care should be spent for teenagers that are difficult, aggressive, excluded or not motivated. Different difficulties are always hidden behind a complex personality. Sport can be appropriate situation to work on it, for this reason trainer should take charge.

Muaythai offers different occasions to work on these situations, especially if master is competent and sensible about this argument.

An aggressive teenager, for example, could reflect violence that communicates, because he suffers it on his skin: he could had chosen to attend this combat sport with the target of revenge. Since the beginning, master has to work with teenager on the most important values in muaythai: respect and discipline. He also has to explain him that this sport doesn’t incite to violence and it doesn’t tolerate violence outside gym. Therefore he has to suggest him different ways to assist him.

Effort of training helps teenager to vent his anger, or, at least, it teaches him how to canalize it in the correct way. Punching or kicking a simple boxing bag could help teenager to feel less angry. In this way he gets out from the gym more relaxing than when he gets in.

Muaythai can assist aggressive teenager because the master teaches him to work on his self-control, recognizing his emotions.

An excluded or not-motivated teenager is well included inside muaythai if master is caring of welcoming and valorizing him for how he is. Feeling welcomed from master and from his partners, is going to help him to accept himself and to feel less excluded because finally he is part of a group.

Consequently, he feels more motivated in what he does: realizing of his value and of being recognized from others encourage teenager to engage and not to give up.

At last, master must also enter in relation in a consonant way with a teenager considered “difficult”: appearing too much reserved, exuberant or unmanageable could wanted to communicate the research of a figure in which trust, a figure that demonstrates of being prepared to support him, praising him if he behaves well, reproving him in the opposite case.

Therefore, muaythai is a sport addressed to everybody and not only to quiet and disciplined children; however, in front of difficult cases, accurate competences are requested for master: attention to troubles of teenager, empathy, authoritativeness and rigidity for rules that are valid for everyone, sensibility for difficulties of each one.