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.
By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Professional Development for Sports Coaches is critical. The best coaches know that to be the best, they must continue to develop professionally. But with the many types of Professional Development available, it can be difficult to discover the most effective way to improve coaching skills. With this in mind, we thought it would be valuable to pass on the results of ‘The Coaching Panel’, a recent survey by Sports Coach UK of 1,200 coaches. Within this study, one section focused on the Professional Development that Sports Coaches found most valuable in their careers. The study found how popular each source of learning was with the 76% of coaches who had undertaken Professional Development in the past twelve months. Sources of Professional Development for Sports Coaches “The most popular sources of learning were consistent with what previous research has told us. Coaches are most likely to use their own coaching practice for learning (e.g. talking to and observing other coaches and reflecting on sessions). Using the internet continues to increase in usage when compared to previous research (such as the Coach Tracking Study in 2011). Coaches are also twice as likely to use the Internet as social media as a source of learning.” […]
By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In recent years, more attention (through the result of many compelling studies) has focused on the impact of the Coach athlete relationship on an athlete’s performance. Research from the 2008 Canadian Olympic Study definitively showed that Coach athlete relationships significantly impact athlete performance. [...]