The implementation of performance analysis and feedback within Olympic sport: the performance analyst’s perspective

Nicholls, Scott, James, Nic, Bryant, Elizabeth and Wells, Julia (2018) The implementation of performance analysis and feedback within Olympic sport: the performance analyst’s perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching . ISSN 1747-9541 (Published online first)

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Abstract

The study considered performance analysis and feedback from the perspective of the performance analyst through the investigation of the ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘when’ of practice within a selection of Olympic sports. Twenty-three performance analysts (experience 6.4 ± 4.1 years) engaged in a structured interview (85 ± 15 minutes) regarding their processes within applied practice. Likert scales (All the time, Often, Sometimes, Rarely, Never) were used to facilitate cross sport and environment comparison. The performance analysts highlighted the experience of their coaches as the most prominent feature influencing analysis direction and time had the greatest impact upon feedback provision. The main analysis techniques used were video, profiling and performance reports. Feedback was delivered primarily either, 1) < 1-hour post-performance within sessions lasting < 10-minutes or 2) the following day within sessions lasting 25+ minutes. Video feedback was usually coach led, however data delivery was more evenly distributed between coach and analyst. Very similar processes across the participants were identified, despite a wide variety of sports and participant experience levels. The findings have begun to illustrate practice within elite sport whilst highlighting the importance and need for further practitioner-based investigation regarding the use of performance analysis and feedback within applied contexts

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Performance Analysis at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 25731
Notes on copyright: Nicholls, S. B., James, N., Bryant, E., & Wells, J. (2018). The implementation of performance analysis and feedback within Olympic sport: The performance analyst’s perspective. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954118808081 Copyright © 2018 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Depositing User: Nic James
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 15:22
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 15:36
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25731

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