The brain that students use to learn in each of their academic subjects is the same brain that students bring to their athletic pursuits.
It is therefore critical that athletic coaches are equally informed about how the brain learns, works, and changes as are classroom teachers in order for each athlete to maximize his or her potential. The CTTL works closely with St. Andrew’s dedicated varsity and junior varsity team coaches. What are we finding out? The same research and strategies teachers are using to enhance their classrooms are equally applicable to how coaches enhance the athletic experience for each student athlete. Coaches can spend up to 10-hours or more each week with their teams and athletes. A coach’s impact is significant and for anyone who has ever played a sport, can be life changing. Therefore the CTTL recognizes its responsibility to work with St. Andrew’s coaches in how they design their practices and communicate and challenge each St. Andrew’s student athlete. “Building Better Athletes” first appeared in the volume I of the CTTL’s Think Differently and Deeply and provides important insight into how St. Andrew’s coaches think differently in developing each student-athlete and developing championship teams.