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Importance of Body Language in Sport

Published May 21, 2023, 12:20 p.m. by Naomi Charles

Language is a critical part of any sport. It is a tool that athletes use to communicate with their teammates and coaches, and it can be the difference between winning and losing.

Body language is a nonverbal form of communication that can be just as important as the words you say. It can reveal your true feelings and intentions, and it can be used to influence the actions of others.

Good body language in sport can be the difference between winning and losing. It can help you to communicate your intentions and feelings, and it can also be used to influence the actions of your opponents.

Here are some tips for using body language to your advantage in sport:

1. Make eye contact.

Eye contact is a powerful form of nonverbal communication. It can convey confidence, authority, and intention. When you make eye contact with your opponents, you are telling them that you are ready to compete.

2. Stand up straight.

Your posture conveys a lot about your state of mind. Standing up straight with your shoulders back conveys confidence, while slouching conveys insecurity and lack of focus.

3. Use facial expressions.

Facial expressions are a great way to communicate your emotions without saying a word. A smile can convey happiness and confidence, while a frown can convey frustration and anger.

4. Use hand gestures.

Hand gestures can be used to emphasize your point or to direct the attention of your opponents. Pointing at your opponents can be seen as a challenge, while waving your hands in the air can be used to distract them.

5. Move your body.

Your body language should match your words. If you are saying something positive, your body language should reflect that. For example, if you are telling your team that they can win, your body language should be enthusiastic and excited.

Using body language to your advantage in sport can give you a competitive edge. Pay attention to the way you carry yourself and the way you interact with your opponents, and you will be able to use body language to your advantage.

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okay have a look at these body language

examples what's what tell

up there okay okay so tell me what are

some common body language gestures that

you know about okay now you tell me what

they mean yeah I'd agree with that

what else what are some other body

language gestures that you know about

yeah absolutely

what about this one it's one of the

really common ones few people do that


it's a guarded gesture it's called an

arm barrier and a lot of our body

language gestures are instinctive and

this one in particular is designed to

protect your vital organs okay

now does it mean that if you've got your

arms folded that you perhaps closed off

or negative for not listening or what do

you think what does it mean it might be

comfortable it could be because it's

cold now if it is cold then it's

probably reasonable for people to be you

know standing like this or sitting like

that yeah and you're going to be able to

tell now whether it means that you are

actually closed off or negative or as

you know Jason says it may feel

comfortable like that but the question

is why is it comfortable okay so here's

the thing so here's the thing because

most people have a fairly limited

knowledge of body language and their

respective gestures most people know

that gesture to be exactly as you

described it okay so if you were to

audit yourself right now now as your

body language what's it say about you

because how much of the communication

process or package is body language 55%

so what is your body language say about

you right now what's it actually

communicating to me because you're never

not communicating something you've

always got something to communicate and

if you're not saying anything then it's

being communicated through your

body language in particular okay and is

it the message that you want to be

giving off now I know it may be and

obviously your body language gestures

where did you learn them there they are

innate I mean who's got young kids here

I know a few of you got kids you're

young kids you see if you can relate to

this story like what both my daughter's

but when they would do something that

was they knew was naughty what our young

kids do when they do something that they

know is naughty they try and hide okay

yeah they literally they'll make

themselves look smaller but they when

they're young they'll actually try and

hide they will literally crawl under the

table or hide under the bed or do

something like that true they will

literally hide now when we're adults we

can't do that

it's not appropriate like if you're

sitting in a coaches meeting and you're

in trouble oh yeah Dean come on out from

under the table you know we know you did

the wrong thing okay you can't do that

anymore so when we become adult

our gestures are not obtuse like they

are when we're kids they become more you

know minut more small and so instead of

crawling under the table and hiding what

do we do instead we make ourselves look

smaller we sort of slink away we might

slump down into our seat because it's

the same thing and most people do not

even know that they're doing this and so

most people and not overly conscious

about the gestures that they're giving

off at any given time and yet most of us

know what some of these gestures mean

they did an interesting study just

talking about this one alone you know

folded arms okay so they had half the

auditorium sit in a purposefully folded

arms position they had half of the

auditorium sit in an open body language

position and they gave them a passage of

information which they had to comprehend

and recall which side of the room do you

think recalled that information the best

the open one

how come it goes back to that YouTube

clip that I'm gonna really want you to

look at your physiology impacts your

psychology impacts your emotional state

what you do with your body

what happens with your mind what happens

with your emotions are all linked

together they can't not be you're a

system you change one thing what happens

in the system you change one thing in

the system it changes something else and

everything is impact that's the

definition of what a system is is that

make sense now you know if you guys were

if you if you all had office jobs where

you didn't have to interact with a group

of people almost on a continual basis

especially a group of young males who

you know yeah I may want to see an

authority for you or at least you got to

look like you know what you're talking

about don't you what do you think

because if they see through you if they

see that you're not confident if they

don't see you as a credible individual

to listen to you what chance do you have

zero okay zero no matter how much

knowledge you have no matter how much

technical expertise you you have no much

no matter how much sort of perhaps

background in the sport you have from a

playing career perspective you know and

that's what we call coaching presence



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