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Video analysis has the potential to assist secondary school students with their development, both physically and mentally. How exactly can it help and why?

Secondary school students will fall into a learning development category as either a:

  • Cognitive learner (Beginner)
  • Associate learner (Developing)
  • Autonomous learner (Expert)

Certain performers won’t benefit from video analysis because their skills have already reached a level where there are no errors. Therefore, they perform skills repeatedly until fluent kinesthesis is acquired. However, those who are developing can use video analysis to their advantage to help enhance their sporting capabilities.

Allows areas for improvement to be seen

Students need to understand where their areas for improvement are during their sporting performances and verbal communication may only go so far.

Allowing students to visually see their performances can allow them to correct something easily that they may be struggling with. An example could be adjusting your foot when striking a football to generate curvature of the ball instead of with the laces to get the intended outcome.

Analyse performances

Additionally, students can see improvements that can be made during training or practice and in games. Students can see visibly their performances when fully engaged and trying to perform at 100% which can affect their behaviour.

For example, during over-arousal in Rugby, a participant may have completed a high tackle and subsequently acquired a red card leading to their team suffering as a result. Whereas, video analysis can highlight to the player where they could have relaxed and had a more logical approach to the tackle.

Build better communication

Communication is key in a majority of team sports and can be key factors on the outcomes of games. Sometimes communication is missed, but the assistance of video analysis can allow a team to understand where they need to communicate better to achieve better results.

For example, in Basketball, a team may be underperforming with their defence because of a lack of communication. Video analysis can allow a team to signify where a press needs to be initiated or a certain style of defence should be called, such as man-to-man or a 2-3 zone, for example.

Not only will this improve communication within the team, but it can advance it in everyday life due to raised confidence and respectfulness.

Quick feedback from video leads to quicker progression

Video can provide instantaneous feedback for students visually learning, aiding progression at a quicker rate. This is because the brain can process material faster by looking at something which can assist students with their development.

Also, video analysis can allow students to even imitate professionals or athletes doing a particular skill and develop kinesthesis with their movements.

The PE Office includes lesson plans and schemes of work that can help teachers deliver their lessons to their students. Additionally, the platform includes video performances by professional athletes completing certain skills and drills so it can aid students’ development.

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