coaching a winning mentality

“Coaching a Winning Mentality”

Introduction to “Coaching a Winning Mentality” Qualification Sports represents an excellent environment to learn how to coach a winning mentality for both the sports and business world. A key feature of the winning mentality is the ability to pick yourself up, after some degree of failure, and recover to perform at your best again. One of the main sports to provide this learning background is boxing, as it provides an environment where the most challenging situations, that are experienced in all walks of life, such as business, may be simulated. The boxer needs to possess an ability to recover and be prepared for continuity in the fight. Without this continuity the boxer is totally dependent on their judgement of the level of his opponent. The opponent may be more resilient than expected, so greater preparedness to continue the fight is required. In addition, to maximise the effectiveness of technique the fighter needs to ensure correct body mechanics to help in the development of explosiveness in the technique. These components of preparedness, body mechanics and explosiveness are the essence of technique. Different fighters possess different strengths and weaknesses. They also have different preferences in terms of techniques. Consequently, a fighter needs a broad range of techniques that he can call upon against different opponents at different times. This breadth of tools is essentially variety. What makes an outstanding competitor? All of the great exciting fighters we might think of had one great skill – the ability to do the unexpected. A great fighter cannot be read by the opponent. This might be because of speed of delivery or direction of movement. This ability to confuse the opponent is developed by removing the predictability of the fighter. In simple terms, the key to developing a winning mentality, in business or sport, is combining technical skills with both physical and mental capabilities to provide variety and creativity (unpredictability) in vastly uncertain environments. TVP is a framework created by Rakesh Sondhi to develop this winning mentality, specifically for boxing, but may be applied to any sport or business, and covers:

The programme is designed to embrace the concept and principles of sport coaching and apply these to your own environments, whether it be in sport or business. The winning mentality is achieved by achieving mind/body balance!


1 To introduce delegates to the subject of sports science and its application to combat sports, and specifically to boxing, or a sport of the delegates own choice. What it means and its relevance in society, in sport and business.
2 To introduce the core subjects of sports science and performance coaching; physiology, psychology, nutrition and biomechanics and to enable delegates to receive a basic sports science grounding and demonstrate its application to both sport and business
3 To introduce delegates to the writing of essays and reports in a manner suitable for the programme and the research skills required to write them and to develop group working and collaborative skills. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, delegates should be able, at threshold level, to:

1 Identify core subjects of sports science and performance and discuss how they interrelate and their application in different environments.
2 Demonstrate specific knowledge of the following disciplines: physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology. 
3 Apply the concepts to boxing or to a sport of your choice or a business of your choice. 

Learning and Teaching Strategy

Books and tuition from Rushmore University will introduce delegates to the core sports science subjects; psychology, biomechanics, nutrition and physiology, and coaching concepts giving them the depth of knowledge they will need for the degree programme. The programme will also be taught online.

Overall Assessment Strategy

All of the Learning Outcomes will be demonstrated through the submission of essays based on each of the core sports science subjects; physiology, biomechanics, nutrition or psychology. The essay should demonstrate research, correct formatting, referencing and should include use of figures and tables and be word-processed.

Assessment Schedule and Strategy

1 Coursework 3X Essay (1500 words)
Application to delegates own sport or business
3X multiple choice exams
2 Practical Design and delivery of programme applied to own sport or business



1.0 PHYSIOLOGY: Human Anatomy

The skeletal system



a. “Sport Physiology for Coaches” by Brian J. Sharkey and Steven E. Gaskell, 2006
b. “Kinetic Anatomy” by Robert S. Behnke, 2006

2.0 BIOMECHANICS: Athletic ability and anatomy of motion


a. “Sports performance DVDs on power, speed, flexibility and strength”, 2007
b. “Biomechanics of sport and exercise” by Peter M. McGinnis, 2005



a. “Physiological assessment of Human Fitness” by Peter J. Mead, Carl Foster, 2006



a “Sports Psych Handbook” by Shane Murphy, 2005
b “Embracing your potential” by Terry Orlick, 1

5.0 SPORTS NUTRITION: Sports nutrition


a “Advanced Sports Nutrition” by Dan Benardot, 2006




PART 2 - PRACTICAL COACHING SYLLABUS (e.g. boxing) – application of the TVP Framework to your specific sport or business idea

a. Training with equipment for more impact Learn how to coach using focus pads and other key pieces of equipment in the gym  
b. Hit harder, move quicker Learn how to improve your punching power  
c. Ring strategies Commanding the ring  
d. Sparring as a training tool
How do we get the most benefit out of different types of sparring?  
e. Mastering defence How do you defend againts punches?  
f. Coping with styles What are the different fighting styles and how do you cope against them?  
g. Applying tvp concepts to other combat sports Application of tvp to stick and kicking based combat sports and martial arts  
h. The Champions Logbook Based on the famous Combat column, learn how to prepare for a fight and design appropriate training programmes  
i. Close Range boxing Entering Break away Punching effectively Cutting ring space Stopping in. Tempo changes  
j. Advanced Footwork    
k. Advanced Punching    
l. SAQ Speed, Agility and Quickness