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Using video to self/peer-coach

By Andy Grimes

Over the last 10 years the use of video and film feedback in performance coaching has improved so much that it has changed the face of coaching forever. No matter what your budget or experience level, all you need is just a basic framework to work through to allow you to make full use of video and film to self-coach.

Tip 1 - What technology have you got to choose from?

Using video to self/peer-coach

Using video to self/peer-coach

The GoPro is extremely versatile, durable and functional, making it an ideal tool for coaching.

Using video to self/peer-coach

These days there are a huge range of easily accessible alternatives so most people can find something to do the job.

Tip 2 - What do you want to film?

Using video to self/peer-coach

It's important that you remember what the focus the video will be on? It's no good having lots of footage that is not of the part of your performance you were wanting to look at. Giving yourself a main focus of attention like the position of your head or arm, at the beginning, middle and end of the performance.

Tip 3 - Where will you need to shoot the footage from?

Using video to self/peer-coach

Consider the positioning of the camera or filming device. Which angle will allow you to see and make the most out of the performance? It may even be more than one different angle, so using more than one camera to take multiple views of the same performance may be useful. If you’re with friends you can get them to stand and film while even providing any safety cover that may be required.

Tip 4 - When?

Using video to self/peer-coach

Timing is key! There is nothing more annoying than completing your performance and finding that your mate didn’t press the start button or the battery ran out. Make sure you start the video with plenty of time and confirm it is running before going to complete your performance!

Tip 5 - Viewing the footage

Using video to self/peer-coach

Once you have completed you performance it’s probably time to check out the footage if you can. Play the full video through so you can focus on the whole performance first. Then you can start focussing on just the one or two elements you originally wanted to. Keep an eye on your battery life as playing back the footage can use huge amounts of power and before you know it you may have no power left to film!

Tip 6 - Analysing the footage

Using video to self/peer-coach

How did the performance look compared to your perception of the events in your own head? What did you like/not like? Compare other people’s performances to yours! What needs to change? What’s the root cause of the fault?

Tip 67 - Analysing the footage

Using video to self/peer-coach

Focus on just one or two pieces of the bodies’ movement so as to not get confused by the rest of the footage.

There are a few different options out there for video analysis software for all those tech fobes out there that want to get really analytical. I recommend “coaches eye” which is downloadable for android phones and tablets for a couple of quid. “Kinovia” is another free option for windows you can download of the internet.

Tip 7 - Consolidation and further training

Using video to self/peer-coach

Using video to self-coach is a fantastic tool but it’s not fool proof! You can miss read the footage or may become too reliant upon it as your only form off skills improvement. Continue to get input from expert coaches and other experienced participants!

Tip 8 - Continued video analysis

Using video to self/peer-coach

Using video to self-coach is a fantastic tool but it’s not fool proof! You can miss read the footage or may become too reliant upon it as your only form off skills improvement. Continue to get input from expert coaches and other experienced participants!


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