Watching the Pittsburg Penguins vs Boston Bruins game 1 today, they quickly showed Sid the Kid using an iPad to rematch his shift. Let’s explore this from a skill development perspective and discover how you can benefit from leveraging technology.
One of my absolute favourite things while coaching is to use video or visual feedback to help coach an athlete. I can be telling and showing an athlete again and again what neutral spine looks like or feels like, but as soon as I pull out my iPad and quickly get a video of them and show them: BOOM they get it. Sometimes the verbal messages or the nomenclature of my exercise lingo doesn’t penetrate…but a quick visual does.
This is just another style of what is called “Augmented Feedback”. Augmented Feedback is just a mechanism (coach, measuring instrument) that provides information to the athlete about how well they performed a skill. Since it’s easiest for most coaches to just provide verbal explanations or feedback, that’s mostly what athletes receive. But sometimes, a picture (or motion picture) says a thousand words. Immediately, any thing the player THINKS they may be doing is cleared up when he or she sees themselves on video.
I love seeing athletes make dramatic positive changes in their technique while skating, lifting, or shooting after seeing themselves on video. And it happens all the time. Obviously the best athletes in the world think that video feedback is helpful too, since we say Sidney Crosby rewatching a previous shift with an iPad on the bench.
The app I use is called coachmyvideo. It is quick, simple, and easy to use. You can download it for iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Even if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone, most people have an iPod touch, some sort of phone that takes video, or a digital camera. I highly recommend getting someone to video you doing a skill (maybe one that you’re devoting a particular amount of attention to improving) and then looking over it. You’ll be surprised at what you see and what you can learn just by looking at some frame by frame video.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking to improve your skill at lifting, skating, shooting, stick handling, decision making, then video feedback is a great tool to augment what you can learn from each experience.