[Before I start, please change “Strength and Conditioning Coach” to whatever you may call yourself or whatever you feel the profession should be called. Until we get universal agreement, this is what we will be called. Don’t get sh*tty with me because you believe you should be called an Athletic Development Specialist.] (as you may be able to tell I have ZERO tolerance of naysayers and negative nancys at the minute, just crawl back in to your holes, and stay there)
Just flicked through this journal article. I will read over again tomorrow a lot closer but I wanted to get this out there to see what you think. I got a little carried away thinking about this so thought it must to write it and look for debate around this.
“The Expert-Performance Approach as a Framework for Understanding and Enhancing Coaching Performance, Expertise and Learning”
I don’t have to tell you guys but read it from an S+C point of view. There are some really interesting points of how to assess yourself as a coach, although I do think that with every athlete, squad, group, you will interact with differently and this may change daily and so a perfect model will not necessarily be available. But self-reflection is a must if you are to get any better.
Also look at it from developing expert pathways with athletes. I tend to look at this from a movement then a performance point of view, you may be different but give it a try. There are 3 stages to the approach – 1st capture expert performance, 2ndly identify the underlying mechanisms, 3rdly examine how expertise is developed. I firmly believe that in order for skills to be developed with a player, they must be able to physically be able to complete the skill and then be robust enough to practice the skill deliberately over time. Then we can work on the enhancing performance.
A lot of people have been emailing directly rather than posting comments. That’s absolutely no problem, love to hear any feedback anyone may have. Just make sure you get in touch.