The Benefits of monitoring performance. - To help you with your motivation and desire to improve - To help with forward planning. - To see whether the approaches you have used have been suitable, challenging and successful. - To allow you to make changes to your approaches (Frequency, Intensity and Time) - To make comparisons - To see whether you have met you development needs. - To help you identify future development needs.
Methods of Monitoring
A training diary records:
- when training took place
- where it took place
- what was done during each session
It will include a brief plan of the session, a section to write up what was actually completed and also an area for feedback from the performer, a coach or an observer. It gives space for planning next sessions based on how the performer felt during and after the actual training session. This provides a permanent record of training, so the performer can look back and see if they are progressing.
You can use the training diary to note down thought and feelings from your training sessions. entering feelings such as " I found the training very easy, I don't feel too tired ' shows that you may need to overload your training. if you found the training boring and demotivating then you may need to change the approach. If you found the training too difficult then you may need to make the training sessions easier/ shorter/less intense.
Feedback from a coach, teacher or training partner will allow you to monitor your performance. A coach may tell you that your jump shot is looking better, that you are releasing the ball at the correct height and pointing your hand in the follow through. This would show that your repetition practices/ combination practices are having a positive effect and that your training program is working.
The best way to monitor performance is retesting. This involves repeating the same method used at the beginning of the training programme (see section on Methods of Collecting Data). Any differences found between the baseline information (from the beginning of the training programme) and the retest should be a direct result of the training process undertaken. Retesting could involve redoing standardised fitness tests or repeating questionnaires. If your scores are the same or not much better then you will know that your training has not worked and you would need to develop a new training program with different approaches. You may have not applied enough overload and therefore not improved as much.