Specialist Coaching Integrated into a Department of Methodology in Team Sports Organisations

OTTE, Fabian W., ROTHWELL, Martyn, WOODS, Carl and DAVIDS, Keith (2020). Specialist Coaching Integrated into a Department of Methodology in Team Sports Organisations. Sports Medicine - Open, 6 (1), p. 55.

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Abstract: With increasing resources in sports organisations being allocated to the development and preparation of individual athletes and sub-groups with specialist performance roles, the work of coaches, specialist (role) coaches and support staff needs to be functionally and coherently integrated. This integration of sport science support and coaching can be administered by staff in a Department of Methodology (DoM). Particularly, in this paper, we propose how specialist coaching can be situated in a DoM, presenting a model advocating effective functioning in high-performance team sports organisations. Using principles of ecological dynamics, we provide a rationale for a functional methodology for the design of practice tasks in a DoM that views learners as wayfinders, self-regulating their way through competitive performance environments. This rationale for athlete self-regulation in practice could improve athlete performance by enhancing problem solving, engagement with constraints of learning designs and supporting better attunement to contextual information abundant in a competitive environment. Finally, by introducing this unified and multidisciplinary DoM, specialist coaches, team coaches and sport science support staff, within the organisational structure, can collaboratively debate and co-design individualised athlete training programmes to enrich skill adaptability and performance functionality. To underline these contentions, three high-performance sport case studies from Australian Football: goalkeeping in Association Football and Rugby League are presented.

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: pissn 2199-1170; eissn 2198-9761 **Article IDs: publisher-id: s40798-020-00284-5; manuscript: 284 **History: collection 12-2020; published_online 16-11-2020; online 16-11-2020; registration 02-11-2020; accepted 02-11-2020; submitted 03-06-2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Current Opinion, Ecological dynamics, Specialist coaching, Department of Methodology, Australian Football, Association Football goalkeeping, Rugby League
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-020-00284-5
Page Range: p. 55
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 17:20
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 20:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27617

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