Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Swimming coach on using video to review bad performances


A Canadian swimming coach designed a way to work with video of swimmers who are watching races where they made some sort of mistake. The coach has the athletes do three things as they watch a failed performance on video:

1. Express the feelings they had when they watch the failed race;
2. Think about what went went wrong; and
3. Imagine performance changes for the next race.

These three steps reduced the negative emotions and prepared the swimmers for action and improvement.

The Canadian swimmers review bad performances "poolside" and think about how they would fix the problems.

That same approach might work for an orienteer reviewing a headcam video of a race.

Thiery Gueorgiou has used a headcam. In an article at O-training.net he's quoted as saying:

The first things I learned was that my map reading frequency decreased during the race, which is obviously a sign of tiredness for me.

You wonder if Gueorgiou then imagined a way to correct that - maybe a way of training to maintain a high map reading frequency even when he was tired.

By the way, the info about the Canadian swimming coach is from Sian Beilock's book Choke.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 8:21 PM


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