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5 ways to help improve your coaching technique

Wanting to do everything you can to be the best coach possible? The truth is, as a coach, you should be developing and improving your methods constantly. What works for one group of athletes, may not work for another. So it’s important to know your athletes and train them according to what they need. If you’re wanting to learn a few more ways to improve your coaching skills, you’ve come to the right place! Easy Ways helps us understand some key points on how we can all be better coaches. 1. Keep a coaching journal Many coaches seem to underestimate the benefits of documenting training sessions and keeping training journals. From improving technique and boosting efficiency to providing clear direction for lessons, training journals are extremely helpful for both coaches, as well as athletes. Top coaches have been keeping training journals to aid them in improving team performance and efficiency.…

Ski World Championship Videos coming to Sprongo

We’re almost at the end of 2018, and that means the Ski World Cup is well underway! With many exciting performances in store for us this World Cup, we don’t want you to miss any of the action. We’ll be uploading highlights of all major races that will take place in Killington and Beaver Creek this season. That includes Mikaela Shiffrin’s epic slalom win, as well as Frederica Brigone’s giant slalom win. As we’re creeping into 2019, we’re also not far from the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are. The two-week event will run from 4th-17th February 2019. We’ll see new world champions crowned in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, alpine combined and the alpine team event. Race videos from the championships will also be added to Sprongo. We’ll make it easy for you to stay up to date with the best runs from the top skiers in the game!…

How team notebooks can help improve athlete performance

We’ve talked about the importance of coaches keeping journals, but it’s also important for team members to do the same.

Why, you ask?

Well, having team notebooks that work as both a workbook, and a reflective journal, helps athletes critique the team’s play and think more objectively about their performance. Many coaches around the world have incorporated team journals as part of their training and development program.

Virtual Coaching and its benefits

Like in so many aspects of our world, technology has had a big impact on our approach to learning and development. From e-learning, to apps (aka Sprongo!), to gamification, and AI, digital technology enables us to enhance our coaching and athlete development methods.

This is where virtual coaching comes in. We’ll take you through what it is, and how it can benefit our athletes of today.

The benefits of coaches keeping training journals

Many coaches seem to underestimate the benefits of documenting training sessions and keeping training journals. From improving technique and boosting efficiency to providing clear direction for lessons, training journals are extremely helpful for both coaches, as well as athletes. Geoff Twentyman, who was Liverpool Football Club’s Chief Scout between 1967 and 1985, began using this method by making meticulous notes after each scouting and training trip he made during his career. The method was passed down to his peers, with coaches noting down different aspects of their work, from training, recovery, and tactical approaches in varying situations. The journals eventually became the reference point whenever the club was faced with similar situations, allowing them the luxury to judge whether to take a similar approach or not. Top coaches have been keeping training journals to aid them in improving team performance and efficiency. Bottom line is – every coach should be…

How to: Use Sprongo’s Video Analysis

Our goal here at Sprongo is to help athletes improve technique and performance with the help of video analysis. This is why we’ve created an easy-to-use platform that allows you to share and analyse videos to achieve performance excellence. And to help you do just that, we’re going to take you through how to use our analysis tools! Check out our platform screenshots and their corresponding arrows below to learn their functions.  Arrow A By clicking ‘1x’ on your video, you can adjust the speed from normal to 6x faster, or .25 slower. This allows you to deeply analyse specific moments of your video. Here, you can also access drawing tools to emphasize any movements or techniques., and VS which allows for side-by-side video comparisons. Arrow B Here, you can type your comments at a specific point of the video. The comments will then appear on top of the video,…

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