Elite coaches’ use and engagement with performance analysis within Olympic and Paralympic sport

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Nicholls, Scott, James, Nic, Bryant, Elizabeth and Wells, Julia 2018. Elite coaches’ use and engagement with performance analysis within Olympic and Paralympic sport. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 18 (5), pp. 764-779. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2018.1517290
AuthorsNicholls, Scott, James, Nic, Bryant, Elizabeth and Wells, Julia
Abstract

The use and implementation of performance analysis and feedback by 18 elite Olympic/Paralympic coaches (coaching experience 16.1 ± 7.4; experience using performance analysis 8.3 ± 4.8 years) was explored via an online questionnaire (mean time to complete = 29 minutes). Likert scales were used to facilitate cross-sport comparison. Comment boxes were included to enable additional information to be provided if deemed necessary. Training goals, athlete discussion and coaching philosophy were the most prominent features influencing analysis direction. Time available had the greatest impact upon feedback provision. The main analysis techniques used were video, performance reports, and trend analysis. Coaches with greater experience delivered significantly more feedback sessions within 1-hour of performance. Feedback sessions were < 20-minutes in duration and delivered in a balanced (experienced) or mostly positive (inexperienced) approach. Feedback was delivered consistently according to a preferred schedule, face-to-face, and within an individual format. Sessions were usually coach led, however considerable value in a combined or analyst led approach was demonstrated. The findings have begun to illustrate practice within elite sport from the perspective of a key user of performance analysis, i.e. the coach, and have clear implications for practitioners by identifying the key areas coaches’ value from performance analysis.

KeywordsOrthopedics and Sports Medicine; feedback; performance analysis; olympic sport; coaching process
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
Journal citation18 (5), pp. 764-779
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN2474-8668
1474-8185
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2018.1517290
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625934
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
hdl:10545/625934
Publication dates12 Sep 2018
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Deposited19 Aug 2021, 13:00
Accepted26 Aug 2018
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ContributorsMiddlesex University, London and Manchester Institute of Health and Performance
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