The NFL’s latest dietitians: New study finds ‘lack of willpower’
A new study has found that athletes and coaches lack “strong willpower” to control themselves.
In the study, published in the Journal of Sport Sciences, researchers surveyed more than 600 college football players, basketball players, track and field athletes and weight lifters, as well as professional soccer players.
“We have shown that athletes do not have strong willpower to control their eating habits or their exercise levels,” the authors wrote.
“It is possible that athletes are not thinking about what they are doing as much as they are thinking about their performance or the result they are hoping for.
This leads to the ‘lose-lose’ scenario: when a player is tired, it is hard to control the eating behavior or the exercise level, leading to a lack of willpower.”
The study found that sports fans and coaches often have the most difficulty controlling themselves, and they also were most likely to feel like they were not working as hard as they should, because they were focused on their performance and the results of their efforts.
“Many athletes and trainers believe that they are so motivated by their performance that they don’t need to be concerned about their eating and exercise habits, and that they do not even need to think about what is happening to them,” the study said.
“But our research suggests that this is not the case.”
Researchers also found that coaches and athletes were not motivated by a desire to be the best, they were motivated by the fear of failure and self-doubt.
“For many coaches, the motivation comes from the fear that failure will ruin their job,” the researchers wrote.
The authors said the findings could help coaches and athletic trainers better understand how to address this issue.
“If a coach or athletic trainer is not concerned about losing a game, why would they have to worry about losing their job?” the authors asked.
“At the same time, if the coach or athlete is not being aware of how they are performing and can not control themselves, they will not understand their results, and will not have the strength to make improvements.””
At the same time, if the coach or athlete is not being aware of how they are performing and can not control themselves, they will not understand their results, and will not have the strength to make improvements.”