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Jon Woodward said:
Hi Blake - super read!! I am a big fan of technology, especially observing coaching behaviour through video, GoPro and apps. Whilst not all are wearable, the ability to view, reflect and develop is second to none...as long as you know what you are looking for, and understand how to correct it!

I attended a Prozone course around performance analysis several years ago and was blown away around the amount of data and statistics that were generated. I was also astounded that at the time, the amout of data used by some coaches within the professional game was as little as 5%.

I agree with your observations that the amount of data can be mind boggling and not only have no effect, but could also have a negative effect in performance and development.

Being the cynic, it is 'cool' to have a FitBit, an Apple watch or even a GoPro (yes I know I own one!!!) but used effectively, technology can enhance your coaching - but you have to understand the data (numbers, pictures, video, etc) that is being churned out. and the CONTEXT, ENVIRONMENT and the PERFORMERS involved.

We had a discussion on the Prozone course around touches of the ball. It is often said that the more touches a player has in a short amount of time, it 'proves' the player is struggling to get the ball under control.....however, looking at players like Ronaldo or Messi, their dribbling and control is based on lots of little touches. So is it 5 touches to control the ball, or 5 touches to outwit an opponent....

I embrace technology and have seen huge benefits to my coaching and coach education but before you go and spend lots of money, do your research and ask others. I would also venture there are cheaper (or even free!) options to use to see if the technology works for you. I started off finding free apps, and seeing how it worked for me and the players - which is also key - the players need to be happy embrace the technology.

It would be great though if Santa could off a Drone camera and an Apple watch sometime in December..... ;-)
27/11/15
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Blake
Thanks Jon. Sounds like we are singing from the same hymn sheet on this. By way of a footnote, I've just taken my own advice and bought a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS running watch in the Black Friday sales for a bargain £69. It tells me distance, time and pace (plus a few other bits and bobs), which is the only data I am really interested in. Having second thoughts about ordering a bright purple one but never mind!
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30/11/15
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pippaglen

Excellent read, I feel its a great idea that athletes are able to track and send information to coaches so coaches are able to give feedback. I in the past have owned many sports watches form Polar, Garmin but wanted more out of my watch like heart rate, GPS, so I invested in a Motorola Motoactv watch which I purchased 5 years ago £160 this was an amazing watch, I could do any workout from weight lifting, gardening,cycling, running walking, you name it the watch tracked almost every exercise. I was able to answer calls on my watch, send text messages, look at emails listen to my music. Excellent value for money until I accidentally dropped the watch and the gorilla glass smashed I was unable to replace due to running out of warranty and too get a new screen was going to cost more money than the watch was actually worth, I have since looked at the prices of the same watch which is now selling at £219.00 wow what a increase. I felt a little lost without my watch so my partner bought me a Sony 3 sports watch when I make a comparison to the motoactv I would go back to the motoactv every time. Sony have there own App that i'm able to synchronise with my Sony phone which is good the only down fall is that google also has an app which also synchronises with my watch and comes back with different data that my Sony watch like how many steps I have taken, my watch might say 20,000 google app is telling me 23,000 so quite inaccurate information. Are we relying on technology too much?.

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