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Tips on how coaches can stay positive and resilient as winter approaches

Coaches are keen to ensure that their athletes stay healthy and happy, but how can they protect their own mental health? EIS expert Sam Cumming and coaches Cathy Rooney and Steve Salter share their insights

By Caroline Roberts

With dark evenings, freezing early mornings on the river, and the buzz of summer regattas a fading memory, winter’s probably not the favourite time of year for many rowers. Add to this the ongoing uncertainly we’re facing with Covid and this winter could pose extra challenges for mental health. We find out how coaches can look after their own mental wellbeing over the coming months, and help their athletes stay positive too.

Learn from last winter

“What we have to our advantage is we’ve navigated a very difficult winter last year with lots of restrictions, so there’ll be things we can learn from how we coped with that,” says Sam Cumming, Head of Mental Health at the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

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