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981127 Working To Enhance Performance


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A presentation I gave at the Sports Coach Conference in Melbourne in November 1998. Please excuse the early PowerPoint effects! I had with me one of the first digital cameras and a portable performance analysis system.

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981127 Working To Enhance Performance

  1. 1. Working to Enhance Performance Keith Lyons
  2. 2. Introduction 1. Thank you for the invitation to make a presentation at SportsCOACH ‘98. 2. A sense of awe in being here. 3. An invitation to consider how we can use digital technology for 21st Century coaching.
  3. 3. Technophobia
  4. 4. Digital Technology Unprecedented opportunities to use TECHNOLOGY as a TOOL to enhance performance... As long as such use is TRANSPARENT and TIME EFFECTIVE
  5. 5. Working with Athletes Part of a global community (see Peter Hamilton, 1997) States like Victoria are creating “one of the best learning environments in the world” (The Age, 24 November 1998)
  6. 6. Working with Athletes By 2000, Victoria will have a student: computer ratio of 5:1. The Internet will provide a “fourth medium” for sports broadcasting.
  7. 7. An example of the potential of digital technology: image manipulation
  8. 8. Educational Technology Aims to transform learning throughout life by harnessing the power of technology
  9. 9. Some Technical Stuff
  10. 10. 1. The separate technologies which provide the telephone, the computer and the television are now CONVERGING in ways which increase the educational applications of each. 2. This advance is supported by the additional benefits of LOWER COSTS, GREATER POWER and PORTABILITY.
  11. 11. 1. CONVERGENCE becomes possible when the different technologies share systems for encoding data. 2. DIGITILISATION entails the conversion of information to manipulable and transferable bits. 3. The application of this technique to word processing, graphics, audio signals, photography, film and video has led to an INFORMATION REVOLUTION.
  12. 12. DIGITAL ENCODING improves the reliability of information DATA COMPRESSION/DECOMPRESSION enable more information to be transferred between two points within a given time.
  13. 13. Multimedia is the mixing of words, pictures, motion video, sound, animation and photographic images on a computer.
  14. 14. Implications for Coaching? (The Practical Stuff!)
  15. 15. Accepting Technology as a Coaching Tool 1. Awareness provides and provokes choice. 2. Ownership facilitates personal change. 3. Digital images offer high quality resources for player development. 4. Relational databases can help up us map performance trends. 5. Resources to which we can add value.
  16. 16. Some Examples: Video and Computer
  17. 17. Digital Technology in the Coaching Process 1. Training environment. 2. Preparation for competition. 3. Competition. 4. Analysis of performance data. 5. Dissemination and education.
  18. 18. Optimising Performance 1. You have choices about what equipment you use. (There is remarkable choice). 2. You have a vision of how new technologies contribute to your coaching PROCESS. 3. Your own development has a significant impact on the performance of your athletes.
  19. 19. But ... 1. There is no compulsion to use the technology! 2. You do not need an enormous budget! 3. You must have a positive use for the technology and the time to practise with it. 4. Leading edge technology is focused by a coach’s vision.
  20. 20. You are not actually living your life through your players. You are not really worried about who gets the credit so long as they get the results. And when players feel that that attitude is at work, they know they have the right coach. Alan Jones (1994) National Year of the Coach
  21. 21. He or she who aims for nothing usually hits it! Confucius