The role of debriefing in enhancing learning and development in professional boxing

Kojman, Yasmin, Beeching, Kelvin, Gomez, Miguel-Angel, Parmar, Nimai ORCID logoORCID: and Nicholls, Scott B. (2022) The role of debriefing in enhancing learning and development in professional boxing. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport . ISSN 2474-8668 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/24748668.2022.2042640)

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The use of debriefing by 6 elite coaches (9–16 years’ experience coaching professional boxers) and 6 professional boxers (minimum 3 professional bouts) was explored via interviews (25–40 minutes). Boxers represented the featherweight, welterweight, and heavyweight divisions. Interview questions were framed around, 1) the use of video and data analysis, 2) coach-athlete interaction, and 3) learning and development. The importance of data, video, and the effective integration of performance analysis to facilitate comprehensive feedback to maximise learning opportunities was identified. The coach-athlete relationship, and engagement of the athlete within the debriefing process emerged as an aspect needing continual micro-management to ensure ongoing effectiveness. The development of an “open and honest” relationship and a “safe space” to air thoughts and opinions was greatly encouraged. The length of debriefing session did not appear to impact overall engagement. The use of video debriefing to facilitate a coach’s ability to develop the athletes mentally, in addition to their physical boxing capabilities, was a key and standout aspect that should be appropriately considered. The findings add to the limited investigation within boxing, providing insight into the debriefing processes within professional boxing by those on both sides, i.e. the coach and the athlete.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Performance Analysis at the London Sport Institute
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Notes on copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 12:51
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