(natural selection). Hence, to increase the rate at which I learnt to overcome my phobia, my nurse could’ve demonstrated that each needle was clean out the box and was disposed of safely into a sharps bin. This visual and verbal way of learning would’ve exemplified that injecting insulin is harmless, allowing me to instantly acknowledge that needles don’t result in pain/infections.Learning to play a sport:Exercising benefits diabetics by increasing insulin sensitivity, (Daphne et al 2014) so a few years after my diagnosis I learnt to play football via attending hourly long sessions every Tuesday night for Chellaston Football Club. Also, my father was an ex-professional footballer for Derby County in 1982 which further encouraged me to play. Initially, I was excited to learn tricks, leadership and teamwork skills. However, this excitement was quickly replaced by anxiety when I realised that my coach was a male and that I’d be learning in a mixed group of boys and girls. Being one of the only girls on the team made me feel judged and so I underperformed in training as I negatively attributed my ability to play with the stereotype: “Girls can’t play football.”Actively learning different drills in football assisted this stereotype as my coach split the girls and boys into separate groups; making me believe we were split according to our ability to kick a ball. Accuracy and control was learnt where drills included dribbling a ball around cones. Initially, the distance between each cone was short to enable me to grasp how to move with the ball. Yet, my confidence to progress to the next task of placing the cones further apart was minimal because I was worried about making an error and fitting to this stereotype. This problem was enhanced when the coach exclaimed: “C’mon girls, they boys are speeding through this.”As this way of teaching inhibited my learning, my parents decided to move me to an all-girls team where I was coached by a female until 17. My learning thrived in this context as I felt less judgement, and I preferred the way in which learning was structured. A more playful learning experience was ensured where my coach taught me to shoot by telling me to imagine the football net was my worst enemy. She then told me to remember 4 rules to succeed at hitting the target: place your arms out for balance, concentrate on the football, place you weaker leg as your standing leg and follow through the ball with your more dominant kicking leg. I also independently learnt to practice the skills I developed during training at home; this hard-work enabled me to achieve managers and players-player twice.
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