My team of 13-year-old girls recently had a Christmas Party. First, let me tell you that I am very lucky. My team of middle-schoolers get along very well. They laugh a lot and really enjoy being around each other. And at least for a few hours at a time, they dispel the old saying, “There’s nothing meaner than a middle school girl.”
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I coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.
We all know the margin between winning and losing is tiny. And on the professional or collegiate level, a win or a loss can be the difference between having a job and looking for one.
That’s why coaches are always looking for that little edge, and today, more than ever, the edges exist in the form of information.
Does any of this sound familiar?
During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.
Or during a game, you notice you’ve used the word “focus” a record number of times, and the more you say it, the more it sounds like you are begging and pleading. The mistakes your players are making are baffling. You’re sure they know better, and you’re at a loss to understand what in the world they are doing.
What’s going on?
Traditionally, athletes who have a good day the field, court or rink go to great lengths to replicate the routine that led to it.
Athletes have always turned to superstitions and good luck charms in an effort to repeat a good performance.
Tennis champion Serena Williams will not change her socks during a tournament. Michael Jordan always wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts. All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher ate two chocolate chip cookies before every game. And baseball hall of famer Richie Ashburn slept with his bats.
The staff behind DRIVN is constantly making adjustments, tweaks and updates to help teams and organizations operate more efficiently.
Lately, time has been spent on creating and improving the way teams manage injuries.
“We can have a club-wide standard injury report on every coaches’ phone,” says Mike Gosselin, DRIVN’s Director of Business Development. “They can fill it out for every athlete. That’s become very popular.”
There are 3.3 million apps in the Google Play store, and there’s probably that many people in the world with an idea for another one.
The question is, how many apps do you need to make your team or organization more efficient? The good news is the answer is one.
I coached a girl once who had all kinds of talent. She was adept at dribbling through multiple defenders, and she was clever about it. She was one of those kids who really loved the game and wanted to get better.
But like many players, she hung onto the ball just a little too long. I started talking to her about making better decisions. When she asked me how she could make better decisions, I realized just how stupid I was.
With the rapid advancements in sports technology, wearables have become an integral part of analyzing and managing player performance.
Do you, as a coach, really know how your players are feeling? Do your players really understand the factors that affect their performance?
They tell you they are fine, but they aren’t playing as well you know they can. So how can you be sure?
DRIVN users have found the questionnaire feature to be a very valuable tool in obtaining the information needed to help athletes achieve a consistently high level of performance.