Coach Interpretation of performance dashboards
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Within recent performance analysis research there has been considerable amounts of exploration in light of the coaching process. This study looked at how data visualisation can help aid this process further through the medium of dashboards. The utilisation of a mixed methods approach was used to convey a quantitative view of qualitative analysis, in an attempt to find how interpretation affects what data is ultimately delivered to the players. Initially this research identified themes in which coaches may look for within a dashboard, stipulating elements that would provide the user with data that summarises and critiques performances. Then an interview process with elite and amateur coaches was conducted to identify interpretations of dashboards with a more personal quantity, in just highlighting what elements they thought to be of importance or not required. The result shows that there was a clear differentiation between importance of required elements and how dashboards should be formatted for an ease of interpretation. However it became increasingly know that additional essentials where found, for example the coach-analyst relationship was identified as a key aspect when conducting a sports performance dashboard. Therefore the study’s aim was still to find interpretive measures but also advocated the importance of the relationships within the process. Future research should focus on this coach-analyst process, with a view of how data impacts practice.
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