We’ve collated all of the important research in sport and distilled the results into the relevant facts and importantly, how to apply this knowledge.

Coach Survey Results: Evolution of the Athlete Conference

Collated by Liz Hanson, Client Director of Athlete Assessments Coach Survey Summary Results 2009 In your role as a coach, how much formal leadership training / development have you participated in during the last 2 years? 21% of coaches reported less than 1 day 31% of coaches reported between 2 and 4 days 48% of coaches reported more than 5 days […]

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Women’s Sports Fans: Vital Facts

By Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments At Athlete Assessments, our role is to be experts in what makes our clients successful, and part of this is keeping you up to date with all the latest trends in sport.  The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation in the United Kingdom recently released two reports (‘Prime Time’ and ‘Big Deal’) about the commercial value of women’s sport, financial statistics and detailed case studies of best practice. In this article we bring you the a summary of what the reports had to say on Audience Opinion, Commercial Investment Opportunities and how Social Media is changing the game in relation to women’s sports fans. […]

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Re-visiting Coach Behavior

By Dr. Chris Cushion, Loughborough University, UK How Effective is your Coaching Practice? (Used with Permission by Dr. Chris Cushion) The complex nature of the coaching process means that coaches’ behavior, and practice within it, is subject to a wide range of often confounding and uncontrollable variables. However, whilst seemingly obvious, how the coach behaves and what the coach does is one element of the coaching process that is under the control of the coach. […]

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Developing Women Coaches: Moving Forward

By Kate Roskvist – Athlete Assessments When we read Deborah Brake’s research paper on “Discrimination Inward and Upward: Lessons on Law and Social Inequality from The Troubling Case of Women Coaches”, we were inspired to provide you with some of the key findings. The paper begins by recapping some of the numerous and well known advantages Title IX has brought to women coaches and sport in America. […]

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Sports High Performance Program Planning

By Jason Drummond The following content has been adapted from a research paper written pursuant to a NRL High Performance Coach accreditation assessment task. Within a high performance program it is necessary to function within a high performance plan. The function of any high performance program plan is to facilitate the increased performance of players both individually and as a team (Canavan, 2011). The plan provides a blueprint for the way an organization will achieve this. It includes both operational and strategic planning components. […]

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Professional Development Topics for Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments The Professional Development Coaches Actually Want Recently Sports Coach UK released The Coaching Panel, the results of their survey of 1,200 coaches. It was interesting to see some of the insights The Coaching Panel had on coaching and what coaches are most interested in. It is always our intention to pass on the most interesting relevant, and recent information on coaching, so we hope you enjoy this brief insight into their report. We were not at all surprised to see that: […]

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Importance of Communication in Sports

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Communication is the Key to Success The importance of communication in sports cannot be understated. It is said to be the key to success in both the sport and business world. Now yet another study has proven it! European Leaders recent research showed that poor communication is responsible for reduced performance in the business world. The study emphasized why it is so important for senior management to be able to communicate effectively, with 41% of employees believing communication improves productivity and performance. In the sporting world it is no different. Better communication from Coaches will result in a positive impact on performance. […]

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Factors and Obstacles Influencing Olympic Performance

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments When we find research we think is valuable, we do our best to pass it on to you!  This research centers around the findings of the Athlete Development Division of the United States Olympic Committee in 2000, when they asked Olympians to list the five factors they believed contributed the most to their success.  It also asked the Olympians to list the five most significant obstacles they had to overcome in order to achieve success in their sport. Three of the factors were identified as both a success factor and an obstacle. […]

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Importance of Youth Sports Statistics

Importance of Youth Sports: Statistics that will Scare and Inspire By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Did you know that female high school athletes are:  92% less likely to get involved with drugs 80% less likely to get pregnant 3 times more likely to graduate than non-athletes Source: Women’s [...]

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Relationships Matter in Sport Infographic

Relationships (especially the coach-athlete relationship) matter in sport, as they are a significant performance factor. Featuring research and quotes from the NCAA, 2008 Olympic Study, Coaching Legends, and Journals, in this sport infographic you will find critical information on why relationships matter in sport. […]

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