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Feedback should be reflective, not reflexive

The best feedback for coaches often comes from the people doing the training themselves: the athletes. Nobody knows better how training went than the people who did it. Being able to identify and articulate that feedback is a skill that must be honed and developed like anything else. Read more

The value of unstructured conversation and talking shop

One of the little-known benefits of the HMMR Plus membership is the ability to hang out and talk shop with many of our contributors. Today we recorded our 18th member hangout focusing on September site theme of reflective coaching. Read more

Finding the right feedback for reflective coaching

Finding the right time for reflective coaching is critical, as I wrote about last week. But reflecting will not bring your coaching forward if you do not have the right information. In order to properly reflect, you need to search out the best information. Read more

5 keys to a successful debrief

A key component of a successful high performance program is the ability to identify obstacles that are limiting performance and then implementing solutions to overcome (or avoid) those obstacles. Regardless if you are an operator (an athlete or coach for example), director or in management, all are searching for processes to improve performance in an ethical and measurable manner. When such obstacles are clear and the resulting payoff of overcoming those obstacles in substantial, targeting such “low hanging fruit” should be an immediate goal. Read more

GAINcast Episode 133: Getting better feedback

Having a process to collect feedback is critical, but even more important is the type of feedback you get. If the process is not producing actionable steps to improve or reinforce what you did, it is not doing its job. On this week’s GAINcast we look at how coaches can improve debriefing and other feedback processes to get the information they are looking for to make them better coaches. Read more

Case studies in player-centered coaching

We talk all the time about culture, but what exactly is it? Wade Gilbert defines it in his coaching book “Team culture has been defined as a pattern of shared assumptions that guides behavior . . . Culture comprises both the obvious artifacts of the team and the less obvious norms and rituals.” In other words, culture is the way we do things around here. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 152: Negative feedback

Every coach has been there: an athlete makes a mistake and we sit down with them for the difficult post-game conversation. What you say can either make matters worse, or help them in the process of never making that mistake again. Over the past few weeks we’ve encountered some examples of how to do and not to do this. On this week’s podcast we share our approach on the topic, plus listener questions, thoughts on putting together a good team of coaches, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 151: The big game (with Josh Hingst)

The Super Bowl is one of the world’s largest sporting events, with more than half of America tuning into the game. This year’s game was one of the most thrilling in history, with the Philadelphia Eagles scoring late to secure their first title. Behind the scenes, the Eagles are supported by head strength and conditioning coach Josh Hingst. On this week’s episode he joins us to give us a look at training in the NFL, current trends, and what the Eagles are doing to get even better. Read more

It starts and ends with testing

The goal of training is to get better; to choose methods that will transfer to results in your sport. In working with US Ski & Snowboard our staff was responsible for working with 10 different disciplines that had incredibly different physiological demands. Although each one might appear similar as they all take place on snow, when you dig deeper, the needs of each sport have unique differences that must be taken into account in training. Figuring out where those differences are and tailoring the training appropriately can be the difference between being on the podium or not. Read more

Testing = training and training = testing

Testing and training go hand and glove. Evaluation through testing is an ongoing process that will determine the direction and content of training. Therefore it is important to build testing into the training plan. Read more