Lu­cile Wood­ward sports coach

Milk Magazine (English) - - SPORT - Text: Aman­dine Grosse - Photo: Élodie Daguin

Lu­cile Wood­ward, sports coach with over 155,000 fol­low­ers on Instagram, and mother of Sa­muel, 8, and Joana, 3.

How does sport help ado­les­cents get through this pe­riod of phys­i­cal up­heaval more smoothly?

Sport helps them to build a body in which they can move. It also gives them a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how the body works. They be­come aware of their range of mo­tion. Teenagers of­ten grow very quickly, all of a sud­den, and don’t take into ac­count the force of their move­ments. Whichever one they prac­tice, sport en­ables them to bet­ter con­trol the way they move in space and to build an en­ve­lope around them­selves in which they feel good.

Is sport a good men­tal coach at this age?

Science has proved that sport trans­forms men­tal fa­tigue into phys­i­cal fa­tigue. When teens are both very agi­tated and very ap­a­thetic, sport turns their anger and ir­ri­tabil­ity into tired­ness, which they make up for when sleep­ing.

On so­cial net­works, there aren’t many ex­am­ples that con­vey a mes­sage of self-

ac­cep­tance, of em­brac­ing the body that one has and that speak di­rectly to young peo­ple… That’s true, I agree. In this age of hy­per­sex­u­al­i­sa­tion, even girls who are quite heav­ily built put up a pro­file and dream of be­com­ing plus-size mod­els or the next Kim Kar­dashian. Se­duc­tion is still the name of the game. It would be good if high-level ath­letes be­came role mod­els for th­ese young peo­ple.

You’re very ath­letic, as is your hus­band. So was it quite log­i­cal to in­tro­duce your chil­dren to sport at a very early age?

It was ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial! Un­der­stand­ing what phys­i­cal ef­fort means is im­por­tant for a child. Not to men­tion that prac­tis­ing a sport in a club, for ex­am­ple, pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to meet other chil­dren out­side the class­room. As a sports coach, I’ve re­alised that adults who come and see me to get back into shape to­day are less likely to achieve good re­sults if they never prac­tised sport in their child­hood.

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