During your practical sessions you can practice and improve your ability to analyse a performance. Many students become quite expert at these skills and go on to take COACHING AWARDS, OFFICIATING AWARDS AND SPORTS LEADERSHIP AWARDS. The first thing to do in order to “Analyse a Performance” is to OBSERVE IT.
To gather information we need to OBSERVE from the best position. This might be from the side of an activity, from the grandstand, the pitch side or behind a person. Whilst OBSERVING a performance, break down skills into component parts e.g. For swimming this might be:
1.Body position 2.Leg action 3.Arm action 4.Breathing 5.Timing
In racket games we might look at what is known as “forced” and “unforced” errors. A forced error occurs when our opponent makes a “winning shot” that we cannot get back. An unforced error might be a poor shot from us- A service fault for example. Breaking down skills in this way will help us to focus on one particular aspect at a time, and after breaking it down we can build it back up again.
We can also learn a lot about Analysing by watching and listening to others who are experienced in the art. Many ex professionals appear on television or write columns in newspapers, Analysing their sport. Your knowledge of the skills of your sport will increase through your own performance. You can also read and study your sport in more depth to give you a wider experience.