What are people’s views on the current trend for coaches at the side of the court and who seem grudgingly obliged to come on to court at every interval? (at least it seems grudgingly in some cases!) As someone that studies neuroscience and is particularly interested in sport neuroscience and what we refer to as the “flow state” it interests me in whether this is always a positive contribution to the player’s game. From my own point of view, I play best when I am, what we often refer to as “in the zone” and that is a so called flow state. Being “in the zone” is a state that requires minimal conscious thought. In fact, the chatter of conscious thought disrupts implicit brain function and disrupt “flow”. Is it essential that the coach comes on and says something, or are they following a herd instinct having seen that others have done it feel obliged to follow suit?