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Physical Education

Observation and analysis

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Most credible coaches can spot a player with star potential. To help build a mental image of what is known as the Perfect Model you might have been shown videos or photos to guide you on perfecting your technique. Good coaches provide positive feedback before assessing weakness, especially in beginners.

Use the approach in this Revision Bite to test your own ability to observe and analyse sporting performances.

The Perfect Model

Two competitors examine judo books

Photos and books can be used to envisage the Perfect Model. Photo courtesy of BBC Sport

The Perfect Model is a mental image of the correct technique.

Sometimes a video or photographic image can be used to compare with a live performance. However, good coaches will know what they are looking for whenever they observe [observe: To watch carefully and gather information. ] a sportsperson perform and will be able to describe the Perfect Model when giving feedback [feedback: Using information to modify the performance of a system. In a manufacturing system in a factory, feedback might include information, new ideas or responses from customers. ].

Whenever you analyse [Analyse: To examine in detail. ] a performance you should look for strengths and weaknesses. Once you are ready to provide feedback be sure to talk about the good things you have seen before correcting any weaknesses.

Beginners only need small amounts of feedback at key times. All performers should be given time to consider their own feelings about the performance rather than being told what they should think. Feedback should always motivate the performer as well as correct the technique.

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