Lucile Woodward sports coach
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.