Learning faster than the opposition! Preparing for the games
I spent the morning in the global coaches house listening to some really interesting speakers on the subject of getting better sports’ performance.
If you’ve got any free time across the next 2 weeks you should definitely check out the programme that has been put on here. Really top stuff.
Not only is it being led by none other than Frank Dick himself, who keeps dropping some serious knowledge bombs on a consistent basis, you’ve also got legends such as Vern Gambetta and Kelvin Giles to listen to too!
Anyway this morning I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Sue Smith on reflective practice on the subject of learning faster than the opposition. S&C coaches tend to be very familiar with the concept of evidence- based practice. We know that using all available evidence to inform your practice as a professional is a good thing, but what about evaluating? This is where reflective practice comes in.
Reflective practice defined, is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. Sounds a bit airy fairy but thinking and planning based on reflections is what its all about for me. Taking the time to think how your session went, what you could do better, what was good about it and so on, is massive, and a huge factor in continually developing as a coach.
Not got time? This is a common excuse for not engaging in reflective practice well used by many people in the sports and business world. If you value it enough you’ll make time. But more than this it’s no different to any skill, if you practice it it’ll become an automatic process that becomes part of you’re planning and evaluation procedure. Start with it as a conscious process for a few minutes a day, over time it will become unconscious and helpful in your practice, believe me!