Do you use technology in your coaching? How often? To what extent? One of my favorite uses of technology is to use video analysis. I think that it really helps me to see what the athlete is doing in a new light. It also enables you to give feedback to the athlete in a different format. As we all know, their are three types of learners: verbal, visual, and kinesthetic. The use of video definitely helps those visual learners to see what they are doing right and wrong. I really believe that video helps a large number of athletes and is a tool that needs to be used even more. That being said, I also think that just like any good thing, it is possible to go overboard. Do you have to video every single rep or drill? No. Integrate video into the program at regular intervals. Use it initially to get a baseline idea of how the athlete does on a particular skill. Use this info to help teach the athlete and then give them a chance to improve the skill for several session or weeks. Then get some new footage and let the athlete see the comparison. This should be often enough to gain the benefits of video without turning every day into a video day.
I know that Dartfish just released some info which stated that over 400 medals were won in the London Olympics by users of their software. I’m sure that many other athletes used some form of video analysis to perfect their performances. If video can help that many Olympic winners, it can help athletes at other levels too. Make sure to find ways to integrate it into your coaching.
For more info on video analysis, check out the Sports Upgrade Video Analysis Page