If you ever wanted an example of why it is important to develop athletes who can think for themselves then you just need to watch the first week of this year’s Tour de France.
While putting together one of our latest summaries of new journal publications I came across some interesting points about asking questions. These included:
Adopting a games based approach to coaching is a popular idea. It has the ability to create thinking players and moves away from a traditional approaches of the coach as the only person with all the answers.
However games based approaches have never really broken in the mainstream. One of the reasons for this is while it may sound easy in principle it is actually very difficult to do.
In 1992 researchers in Israel were curious as to whether you could read anything into the spontaneous behaviour of players after a goal was scored. They wondered if teams that celebrate together showed greater levels of cohesion and were therefore more successful.
In 2013 we commissioned Loughborough University to look at adult recreational sport and the role of coaching. The research interviewed seventeen participants and three coaches and came up with four recommendations, two of which included that coaches require interpersonal skills but also competence in the sport they coach.
In our recent survey of 1,500 coaches we found that 35% stated they would like more training on coaching disabled people.
As Euro 2016 kicks off tonight there will be several sets of supporters looking forward to their first time in the Big Time (or a long-awaited comeback). One of these is Iceland, the smallest nation to ever play in a major football tournament and they have an interesting coaching story to tell.
This year we surveyed 1,500 coaches about their coaching lives and what it means to be a coach. The results showed coaching provides an extremely positive experience for both those being coached and the coach themselves. It is primarily a volunteer activity that takes part in the not-for-profit sector, but like a lot of grassroots sport it suffers from a lack of money drifting down to those in the local club.
The Relative Age Effect is well documented in sport and often leads to bias in assessing talent among young people. New research published in the Journal of Sports Science presents interesting evidence of how this could be reduced, based mainly on how age information is provided to coaches and scouts.
I recently read a review of research that has been conducted into devices for monitoring physical activity. One of the conclusions the authors came to was
‘Co-operative work between engineers, computer scientists, and academics in relevant fields is needed to develop these technologies.’