All performers want to get better at what they do, but how do they know which area of their performance they need to develop?
Gathering data on your performance can give you an idea of strengths and areas for improvement.
Various methods can be used to gather data, depending on the nature of the activity.
Gathering data is useful because:
It helps identify or confirm a problem (weakness) exists
It identifies strengths in your performance
Establishes baseline measurement criteria
Provides information with which to measure the success of implemented improvements
It can aid motivation when training
It allows you to plan targets and short/long term goals.
Data collection also acts as a good method of monitoring your progress in an activity as you can complete it at the start of a programme of work/training programme and again at the end to measure improvement
In order for data collection to be useful, the method used must be:
Relevant to the performer, the activity and weakness
Accurate to provide a true reflection
Valid measures what it aims to measure
Reliable capable of consistent conditions and repetition at a later date
Objective non-bias, produce a consistent result irrespective of the tester
Measurable to allow for comparison at a later date
Practicality easy/simple to carry out and easy to interpret, opponent(s) of similar ability and completed for a substantial period of time
There are two main types of data collection: subjective data collection and objective data collection
Subjective data – is data which has an element of personal opinion, eg a self-analysis or questionnaire completed by yourself
Objective data – is data which is gathered in a more controlled way usually by an observer, eg a match analysis sheet or a recognised fitness test