Methods to Monitor Development

In this section you must Provide 2 reasons for the selection of one method used to record your performance development.

 

Monitoring and evaluation

In order to continue to improve the impact that factors will have on your performance, you must consider how you will monitor and evaluate your performance and the performance development process.

 

The process of monitoring occurs while you are training and evaluating after you finish training.  The evaluation is concerned with whether the training you planned and put in place actually worked.  This process always involves revisiting your original methods of collecting data on your whole performance.

 

One method you may wish to consider is keeping a personal reflections diary to monitor the progress you make during your approaches to performance development. You can use a diary for all four factors.

 

 

Extract from diary
Physical Consider your own personal reflections in relation to the physical factor.For fitness you may wish to consider writing up information on your progress with any of the training approaches.Have you been challenged?Is it too easy?Were you always motivated? ‘My first training session went well.  I felt I was able to cope with the demands of the interval training and found this quite exciting.  Next session I am going to consider how to make this harder.
  Consider your own personal reflections and how you felt before and during the performance in relation to the physical factor.For skills you may wish to consider writing up information on your progress with any of the training approaches.Have you highlighted the parts of the skill you are weak at?Have you been able to record whether any improvements have been made or not? Tuesday 6 June badminton session – trained for 40 minutes.  Repeated observation schedules, which showed me that I still need to work on my smash and my transfer of weight.  Set up feeder practice to the mid court, which allowed me to concentrate on transferring my weight.  This seemed to work well, as it highlighted the problem.  Had a little more success with my smash in a half-court game.
Emotional Consider your own personal reflection on how you felt before and during the performance in relation to the mental factor. When I was preparing for my badminton performance, I found I became quite anxious before performing.
Mental Consider your own personal reflection on how you felt before and during the performance in relation to the emotional factor. During my performance I felt I lost my concentration, especially when my team started to concede goals.
Social Consider your own personal reflections and how you felt before and during the performance in relation to the social factor.In your diary you may  wish to consider:How well do you work with others?Have you been able to join a new club?Have you been able to persuade any of your friends to become involved? During my planning and performance reflected how well I got on with the rest of my team mates during our football game.  I felt it was able to listen and work well with others initially, then on occasions I stepped back and was less involved in some parts of the game.

 

Methods of monitoring performance

 You may wish to consider other methods for monitoring performance. Some methods are more relevant than others depending on the activity you are participating in.

General observation Reason for using this method
Digital analysis
  • Easy to use: Simple and straight forward
  • Validity: you can pause, rewind, fast forward, slow motion.  Allows detailed analysis. Does not lie, it is real life evidence. Gives you very accurate data.
  • Reliability: Hard evidence, can watch it over and over again, accurate,
  • Repeatability: can re-test with ease under the same conditions. Can watch over performances as many times as you wish.
  • Specific: 100% accurate, can highlight key aspects of a performance, provides accurate results

 

 

Skills test
  • Easy to use: Detailed explanation needed
  • Validity: gives you a measurable outcome that can be compared to standardised norms.  Has the benefit of not being subjective.
  • Reliability: Compared against standardised norm, completed under the same conditions (same recorder)
  • Repeatability: can re-test with ease under the same conditions.
  • Specific: Can highlight key aspects of a performance, provides accurate results of specific skills

 

Match Analysis
  • Very easy to use Easy to use and allows a before and after training comparison on performance
  • Validity: Observation schedules provide us with information about our performance related to success criteria set by a coach/model performer. (within a game environment – a match analysis)
  • Repeatability: can re-test with ease under the same conditions.
  • Specific: They are flexible – you build in to your observation schedule the variables you want to measure.

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Focused observation  
Coach feedback
  • Easy to use: Simple and straight forward
  • Validity: Instant feedback of an experienced coach
  • Reliability: Specific evidence to you, helps forward planning, allows you to make instant changes, helps identify future development needs.
  • Repeatability: Observer can watch over performances as many times as you wish.
  • Specific: can highlight key aspects of a performance, provides accurate results

 

Personal reflection
  • Easy to use: Simple and straight forward
  • Validity: Instant feedback of your own thoughts and feelings
  • Reliability: Specific evidence to you, helps forward planning, allows you to make instant changes, helps identify future development needs.
  • Repeatability: Write down as much as you like.
  • Specific: can highlight key aspects of a performance, provides accurate results

 

Fitness Test
  • Easy to use: Simple and straight forward
  • Validity: Instant feedback compared against standardised tests.
  • Reliability: Specific evidence to you, helps forward planning, allows you to make instant changes, helps identify future development needs. Compared against standardised tests.
  • Repeatability: Can repeat during and after training programme.
  • Specific: To the aspect of fitness you want to improve.

 

Scatter Diagram  
Knowledge of results
  • Easy to use: Simple and straight forward
  • Validity: Instant feedback compared against your earlier Scatter diagram.
  • Reliability: Specific evidence to you, Can come from a knowledgeable coach or peer, it’s your own opinion.
  • Repeatability: Can repeat during and after training programme.
  • Specific: To the aspect of fitness or area of development  you want to improve.

 

Training Diary
Score Sheet

 

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