On Thursday, two dozen sports coaches completed the annual sports administration training organised by the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania (LNOC). On the last day of the training, the sports professionals learned about the importance of emotional intelligence and the innovations in sports medicine.
“On the last day of the training, before the participants receive their diplomas, we always ask them to share their impressions about the training. This year we completely changed the programme, therefore it was very interesting to hear their feedback. I am delighted that we made the right choice to focus on conflict management, emotional intelligence and the psychological side of coaches’ work. These are very important skills but they are not frequently selected as training topics,” said Agnė Vanagienė, Deputy Director of Olympic Sport at the LNOC.
The sixth annual training was divided into three days, during which Agnė Vanagienė, one of Lithuania’s Olympic mission leaders, talked about the preparation for and participating in the Olympic Games, and shared her experience in sports management. Together with experienced trainer Lauras Balaiša, the coaches delved into the topics of psychology, influencing, conflict management and emotional intelligence. Paulius Petraitis, President of the Lithuanian Sports Medicine Federation, gave an overview and talked about the current trends in sports medicine in Lithuania.
“During this session, the speaker presented the updates of legal regulation in the area of athletes’ health screening. They are quite numerous and very relevant for coaches. The session also dealt with injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Sports medicine is a very dynamic, constantly evovling field. Changes happen all the time, but coaches do not always have the opportunity to update their knowledge. I am delighted to have managed to include this topic in the training,” said Agnė Vanagienė.
The LNOC, together with the Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), organises three sports administration training events a year: for coaches, managers and advanced sports administrators.
“Our aim is to help sports professionals develop competences that will enable them to perform their work competently and thus contribute to the development of sport in Lithuania. We provide the tools and it is the responsibility of the participants to use them effectively,” said Ms Vanagienė.