One day, a mother contacted me to help her son prepare for an entrance exam to the gendarmerie. He’s already missed it twice and he has one last chance. His uncle – a gendarme – trained him for physical challenges. Unfortunately, the training was not adapted to the level of the young boy.
He ends up getting hurt. So I get it back under these conditions. I succeed in getting him where I want him, first to a functional rehabilitation, then to an improvement of his physical qualities, and from week to week, the progress is tangible.
One Friday, after finishing a session, we make an appointment the following Monday. He confirms to me that he will be very present, despite his 20th birthday which he will celebrate the day before. On Saturday evening, I received a message from his mother informing me that my student’s sister had just passed away.
In what psychological state would I find him? What can I say? What to do about it? As a coach I’ve never experienced a moment like this before. A week later, when I find it again, I remain as natural as possible. It was the right thing to do, I thought.
Finally, he passed the gendarmerie entrance test brilliantly. It was a real victory for both of us. I came away from this experience with the conviction that I now had to consider a method or technique that would allow me to deal with this type of situation.
That is, to be able to help a person who may be in a distress or distress situation. While allowing her to stay on track to achieve her goals (sports, overcome fear, regain self-confidence, etc…)