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Some college basketball coaches safeguard their voices with daily cups of tea. Other folks gargle with salt water in the morning and before games. Other folks stick with Life Savers and cough drops. Or at least they try.
â??I donâ??t have the patience to suck on them,â? Rhode Island Coach Dan Hurley mentioned of his on-once more, off-again connection with throat lozenges. â??I just crush them up in seconds.â?
Buzz Williams received a warning in the form of a camera down his throat. Five years ago, when he was the coach at Marquette, Williams was in the midst of yet another grinding season when he received a letter from an alumna. She was a laryngologist and had heard him speaking. With such a raspy voice at 38, Williams was probably performing serious harm to it, she mentioned.
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She offered to give him a nasendoscopy, and when she switched on the monitor with the camera in his throat, she was swiftly capable to point out inflammation and other harm. Williams, who had been a coach for over 15 years, was finally forced to take into account what his job was carrying out to his voice.
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â??Itâ??s not just the games,â? said Williams, now the coach at Virginia Tech. â??Itâ??s the day-to-day abuse to your voice, in practices, film sessions and then games. Itâ??s the totality of the toll of getting a coach.â?
Yelling and coaching go hand in hand. Coaches will raise their voices to make an influence, to get a point across, to berate a player or an official, or to be heard more than a noisy crowd. College basketball coaches do far more yelling than coaches in nearly any other sport, and they do it whether or not the players are a few feet away or at the other finish of the court.
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