Performance analysis practice within Olympic and Paralympic sports: a comparison of coach and analyst experiences

Nicholls, Scott B., James, Nic ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4181-9501, Wells, Julia and Parmar, Nimai ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5540-123X (2022) Performance analysis practice within Olympic and Paralympic sports: a comparison of coach and analyst experiences. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 22 (3) . pp. 343-351. ISSN 2474-8668 [Article] (doi:10.1080/24748668.2022.2054623)

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Abstract

Concordance between 18 coaches (mean performance analysis experience: 8.3 ± 4.8 years) and 23 performance analysts (mean: 6.4 ± 4.1 years) regarding their performance analysis delivery within applied Olympic and Paralympic environments was investigated using survey-based methods. There was clear agreement on the provision, importance and need for full video. The majority of analysts (73.9%) provided profiling often or all of the time, whereas only one third of coaches felt that this was the required amount. Coaches not only agreed that coaching philosophy was the main factor directing analysis but also emphasised that training goals, level or age of athlete and discussions with athletes were influencers, far more than the analysts realised. A potential barrier for better communication was time, highlighted by all analysts as a major factor impacting their role. The majority of analysts (87%) attempted to provide feedback to athletes within one hour of performance, often or all the time. Coaches expressed a similar philosophy but were far more likely to want to provide feedback at later times. These findings should be utilised by analysts and coaches to review practice, identify gaps within practice and highlight areas for development.

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
Item ID: 34888
Notes on copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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Depositing User: Nimai Parmar
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 13:08
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 16:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34888

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