Technology and Communication in Sport Coaching


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A brief overview of some literature about the topic of Technology and communication in sport coaching.
The presentation looks at 5 key concepts associated with the topic and ends with a quick examination of the practical applications and future research possible in the area.
This presentation was submitted by student u3014461 for the SCP class in Semester 1 - University of Canberra.

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Technology and Communication in Sport Coaching

  1. 1. Sports Coaching Pedagogy – Presentation u3014461
  2. 2. Working Definitions Technology  Any device or instrument of artificial construction used in the field of coaching. Coaching  An agreed to relationship between an athlete and another individual in regard to sport. Communication  Any interaction between these two individuals in relation to the above relationship.
  3. 3. What can technology offer the modern sport coach?  Long distance communication  Real time feedback  Perspective change  Resource access  Educational opportunities
  4. 4. Long distance communication
  5. 5.  Athletes and coaches do not need to be in the same location to have a relationship. A coach can provide support from any location during competition. Training/game strategies, injury concerns and nutrition can all be discussed. Globalisation of professional sport requires the evolution of sport coaching.Lachance, A. (2009). Long Distance Coaching Using Todays Technology. Coaches Plan. Volume 16 (2).Over, S. & Sharp, B. (2008). Information Technology in Tennis. Coaching & Sport Science Review. Volume 45.
  6. 6. Real time feedback
  7. 7.  Detailed and immediate analysis of performance across a range of areas. Ability to highlight/recreate situational reactions and generate discussion. Mobile network of training tools to meet coaching need rather than location specific. Technology enhances the athlete experience and is a valuable motivational instrument.Novatchkov, H., Bichler, S., Tampier, M. & Kornfeind, P. (2011). Real-Time Training and Coaching Methods Based on Ubiquitous Technologies – An Illustration of a Mobile Coaching Network . International Journal of Computer Science in Sport. Volume 10 (1).
  8. 8. Perspective Change
  9. 9.  Coaches and athletes can view training and performance through the other’s eyes. Integration or separation of kinetic, visual, aural and environmental stimuli to better understand performance. Internal and external evaluation of performance. New perspectives and different stimuli provide opportunities for growth.Liebermann, D.G., Katz, L., Hughes, M.D., Bartlett, R.M., McClements, J. & Franks, I. M. (2002). Advances in the Application of Information Technology to Sport Performance. Journal of Sport Sciences. Volume 20 (10).McNeal, J. & Sands, W. A. (2003). Using technology in coaching gymnastics: part 3, applications. Technique. Volume 23 (3).
  10. 10. Resource Access
  11. 11.  The ability to access elite resources is no longer purely the domain of the professional coach. Open source philosophies create professional networking and liaison opportunities. Field work is not mutually exclusive with the use of wide-ranging analysis and instructional tools. Every coach now has access to the same knowledge pool.Fry, J.M. & Hin, M.K.T. (2006). Peer coaching with interactive wireless technology between student teachers: Satisfaction with role and communication. Interactive Learning Environments. Volume 14 (3).Sawers, R. (2000). Research of the Administration and Coaching Practices of officials by International and National Sporting Organisations – notes. Sports Coach 2000. Australian Coaching Council; Australian Sports Commission.
  12. 12. Educational Opportunities
  13. 13.  Self-reflective techniques extend to coach appraisal and evaluation. Integrated use of instruments brings feedback and improvement to the forefront. All the previous facets culminate in this area – the drive to achieve greater things. Coaches can improve their performances not just athletes.Baca, A., Dabnichki, P., Heller, M. & Kornfeind, P. (2009). Ubiquitous Computing in Sports: A Review and Analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences. Volume 27 (12).Millar, S.K., Oldham, A. R. H. & Donovan, M. (2011). Coaches’ Self-Awareness of Timing, Nature and Intent of Verbal Instructions to Athletes. Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. Volume 6 (4).
  14. 14. Practical Applications All the above concepts are in themselves practical applications of technology in relation to sport coaching. The use of mobile devices and tablets bring the power of computing analysis to the field. Technology also brings access to a resource pool greater than anything ever available before. Coaches and athletes enter into a partnership safe in the knowledge that communication avenues and performance aids are ever improving.
  15. 15. Future Research More accessible mapping of biomechanical and neurological functions to better understand athletic and intellectual thought processes. Further development of cost-effective techniques and knowledge sharing strategies to improve community level and developmental coaching performance on a global scale. Continued refinement of technological aids. Specific research into the negative outcomes associated with such advancements and uses.