BU Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences lecturer Dr Emma Kavanagh has spoken about sport teams’ communication on BBC South Today.
In response to concern that players do not talk to each other enough in the era of smart phones and social media, she commented: “Technology is changing the way the athletes prepare, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing”.
Emma added that from the psychological perspective there is an individual preparation and also a team preparation, and that the balance between both is very important. She agreed that technology is now more accessible, but there have always been people in a team who preferred to be insular.
She commented that nowadays in many sports, communication sessions became a norm as people are not necessary born communicators.
Very often Emma works with different teams to help players understand themselves and team members to develop better communication skills. In response to Ronald Koeman's decision to put Southampton Football Club team on special communication sessions Emma said: “It is fantastic to hear that managers are saying that they have a responsibility to help develop these players to be better communicators. I think it is very exciting!”