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Using of Video Based Coaching With Players: A Case Study

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Although, a large body of literature exists in football alone, which highlights patterns of play in successful and unsuccessful teams (Bate, 1988; Hughes, Robertson & Nicholson, 1989; Harris & Reilly, 1988; Lewis & Hughes, 1988), systematic research into the effective use of this information in the form of video analysis feedback remains unexamined. Specifically, the psychological impact upon players receiving this video feedback in terms of its perceived usefulness, cognitive affects and psychosocial affects. Therefore, the present paper examines the perceptions of professional youth footballers (N=10), which had received video feedback sessions to reflect on their own performances and the performances of the team. In particular focusing upon the psychological impact of the video feedback sessions. The results suggested that video analysis sessions can be a very powerful tool to use with players to increase their knowledge and understanding of the game, however the impacts of such sessions are beyond the simple provision of information. Therefore, coaches should be aware on the balance of the feedback (positive/negative), whist being mindful of individual differences in the players. For example, some players may find negative examples harder to cope with than others and their confidence may be negatively affected. Therefore, gaining individual players feedback from the sessions is important to address any negative feelings of the players to prevent any long-term problems.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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