by Robin Earl
with a big group on a field or in a noisy gym can be challenging. Most
coaches don’t have a microphone handy, and many don’t have the training
to project their voices to be heard in these situations, so they yell
and damage their vocal cords. It is easy to get in the habit of yelling
to be heard. Sports coaches who strain their voices for long hours can
be as much or even in more danger than singers to develop vocal nodules,
polyps, etc., which are growths on the vocal cords caused by strain or
friction from misuse or overuse. It is a similar concept to someone
developing callouses, blisters or bunions from wearing irritating or
ill-fitting shoes for long periods of time.
Here are some ways you can save your voice:
1) Use a microphone when possible.
2) Get training in proper voice use, including breathing and core muscle
support, projection from core (including abdominal) muscles.
3) Gather players together for quick talks at a close range throughout the
practice instead of yelling at them continually. Keep the tone
enthusiastic rather than harsh.
4) Get an assistant to share the loud speaking.
5) Take care of your voice, like an athlete would, drink plenty of water, eat well, get enough rest.