Technology in sport – The use of App’s for Coaching
Coaching is all about feedback, what you did well, where you might have gone wrong and what needs to be improved for the player’s development. Apps are so easy to use and readily available if you are in the middle of a football field or basketball court. Coaching apps have taken way by storm as they are proving to be one of the most effective ways in providing meaningful feedback to players, as well as other coaches, to make changes to their coaching sessions or player development.
Everyone strives for a competitive edge and these new trending apps are certainly leading a fresh approach to all coaches sports sessions. Turning the average coach into a Gary Neville Match of the Day analysis really has it’s perks!
The apps aim to hone in on tactics that can be used for a variety of set plays or individual drills, enhance player development by watching themselves back on a slow motion replay and the app also maximises performance on match days. Take a look at this link for the top six coaching apps currently out there, some are free or as little as £3.99. http://www.thesoccerstore.co.uk/blog/football-coaching/top-6-effective-football-coaching-apps/
Sport is an environment where players and participants mainly visually learn or learn by listening. A study conducted by Social Science Research Network found that 65% of people are visual learners. So do player/ participants maximise their learning just by listening? Are coach’s player/ participants getting the full benefits out of the session without using the visual learning of the app? There are other forms of visual learning such as noting down on a whiteboard or flip chart, but the replay analysis the app offers is second to none for learning development.
It used to be only elite level clubs and teams whom could have access to video replay analysis’s equipment and technology, but now with the use of android and smart phones, the gap has been closed to support grassroots level coaches and clubs.
The quickness to provide feedback is the key to progressive development, as the app can support coaching staff in bigger teams to make quick adjustments to their mistakes and weaknesses. People can retain information better when they can see for themselves their mistakes, which leads to an overall clear communication from coach to player or head coach to staff. The visual analysis from the app also motives players’ development as they can see a timeline of improvement progress and the skills and tactics used to help their development.
Injury prevention is also another key aspect that coaches are always looking to prevent and the coaching app allows access to fix bad habits that players have. For example, if a football player shoots a ball with the incorrect technique, the coach can video the action shot and then replay to the participant in slow motion, providing feedback of what they should do instead.
It is definitely apparent that utilizing analysis programmes can provide a wide range of benefits to players/ participants and coaches. The use of instant visual feedback, the tracking of long-term progress and the possibility that the app can be used for injury prevention is a must have for sports coaches in today’s ever competitive market!