Check out a great article from Crossing the Line contributor Jason Dorland who talks abusive coaching on his blog
How much crap are athletes dealing with on a daily basis from coaches who’s modus operandi is control by abuse and intimidation. The tough love method is a well worn path in sport but at what point does this cross the line into mental and emotional abuse. At what point does it’s perceived benefit become a source of pain and torture on a daily basis for the athlete?
Many athletes leave their sport with utter contempt for the coaches who used archaic methods of “motivation”. Once in the outside world it becomes clear that this type of interaction is not normal and is unacceptable. However, within the sporting world it can often go unchecked as it can be seen as normal and sometimes necessary.