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  • The Power of Video Analysis Posted by ClubSportal on August 2, 2016

    We have all heard the maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that is true, video must be worth at least a million words.  Video can capture not just one moment in time, but many moments.  It can completely retell a story and allow an event to be relived.  It is no wonder that video has been applied to so many endeavors, and its applicability to sports is undeniable.  How can athletes harness the power of video analysis?


    Many sports are very fast paced, and action literally happens in the blink of an eye.  As a starting point, video will ensure that an athlete, parents and coaches can see all of the action.  In addition video allows you to slow down the action so that you can see every detail, every nuance, and every individual piece of the action.  This is where video analysis begins.


    Most athletes have coaches who watch them practice and play.  The coaches provide feedback on the performance and attempt to explain mistakes that were made and the way to incorporate proper technique.  This can prove difficult though when it is a coach trying to demonstrate a mistake.  With video analysis, a coach can show a player his or her mistake.  Additionally, by slowing down the action and watching a piece of video multiple times, a player can really see and understand the mistakes that are being made.  It then becomes much easier for an athlete to understand how the correct technique is different from the mistakes that are being made.  This process is often used when coaches and players watch game film together.  However video analysis tools provide more than the ability to simply watch video and slow it down.


    Video analysis doesn’t always take place in one room.  There will be many times when it is impractical for a coach and player to be together.  Video analysis tools allow a coach to annotate video footage both with voice over narrative and with graphics that can be added to the video.  In this way, a coach can provide contemporaneous commentary about the action on the video.   A coach can “mark up” the video when it is convenient for the coach, and the player can review the video when it is convenient for the player.


    Video analysis tools like those contained within the ClubSportal Player Development Platform also allow coaches to append videos, either raw or marked up, to player evaluations and training materials, so that the videos can be used and reused to understand mistakes and to learn proper technique.  These videos can also be stored without limit so they will always be a useful point of reference for your Club and its members.


    Video analysis is a powerful tool that athletes and their coaches must leverage.  These powerful tools are readily available, and those who don’t take advantage of them will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage on the field!