Evaluation of a performance analysis provision with collegiate athletes and coaches using an online platform.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Previous research in performance analysis has been dominated by studies quantifying sporting performance, in an attempt to understand what variables are necessary, with a focus on facilitating a successful outcome for individuals or teams. Within the discipline, there has been little research undertaken from a qualitative perspective, gaining a range of opinions on the application of feedback with emphasis on how valuable individuals believe performance analysis to be in athlete development and team improvement. This highlighted the need for a ‘real life’ study to be carried out, with the intent of producing useable and valuable findings. In an attempt to increase knowledge in an applicable sense, the aim of the current study was to undertake a comprehensive, detailed assessment of the usefulness of a performance analysis provision at Cardiff Met Sport with a range of teams through the use of an online platform. The study utilised a mixed-method approach through online observations, questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The purpose of such a broad data collection process was to ensure a range of roles and teams were studied or order to provide an accurate representation of the platform as a whole. The results found a range of different findings by comparing similarities and differences with coach, athlete and analyst viewpoints. It was found that the platform was an acceptable replacement for face-to-face feedback when necessary, acted as a useful organisational and communication tool for some teams whereas others hadn’t engaged in it fully due to a lack of experience and training. Reasons for engagement varied depending on the team and were discussed suitably. The study provided usable findings related to which of the platform’s functions were seen as strengths by the participants and which functions needed to be improved.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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