Ontology is one of the sub theme of metaphysics and provides with approaches to understand the ‘essence’ of what is to be a human being better. One of the perspectives that could be used to better understand the above mentioned issue is means vs. ends. If coaches see their athletes as a mean, they only care about their position as a coach, their salary, and the credit they got for their athlete’s achievement as a coach. On the other hand, if the coaches see their athletes as an end, they actually care about the athlete’s performance, improvements and usually care about their personal life itself.
Being a swimmer and a coach at the same time gives me a better understanding what is going within the “doors”. When I was younger I didn’t really care if my coach cared about my life outside of the pool, but when I got older and got busier with school and my job as a swimming coach, I realized that it is very important for a coach to know what is going on with the swimmers. In this way the coach can have a better understanding of that person, and can help him/her to achieve their goals and make improvements over time. It is a personal experience from last year, and saw it many times as well that some of the coaches see their swimmers as a mean. They don’t care if the swimmer has a bad day, or has problems within family or does poor at the school, the coach only cares about pushing the swimmer so he/she will get credit for the swimmers if she/he does well on the competitions. Another serious issues are injuries. It is very common for swimmers to have shoulder problems, so did I last year. Even though I told my coach that it really hurt and I had to see a physiotherapist 3 times a week, he said it is part of swimming, just swim push through it. He just wanted me to swim fast so I could make finals and he could get credit for me. Beside my shoulder issue, I had tough times in the school since I was doing my first year and English wasn’t my first language. I think it is really important for a coach to know all of these, and support the swimmers as much as he/she could to make the swimmers feel good about her/himself and