a mock-up of my vision for live video feedback in 2013
This is an update to a post I wrote on December 28, 2013. This is an exciting time in coaching. The tools available to us to maximize our effectiveness seem to be developed almost as quickly as we get an idea.
I presented a vision for technology being used for immediate feedback. At the time there wasn’t anything available on the mass market, but in under a year, the apps I was looking for appeared.
Getting immediate feedback at practice or in the weight room is pretty simple now. Company’s like Varsity Worx provide an outstanding solution for both game day and practice. This is a piece of technology worth checking out.
The principle used is a delayed mirror. The technology gives the coach and athlete the ability to view the move they just performed on a delayed video loop. The app continues recording the next repetition or play.
While Varsity Worx provides everything you might look for in functionality, there are some simple and cheap solutions available from the app store. With these, an iPad is used (an iPhone can be used too but the playback screen is small). The iPad records the repetition or play. Then the athlete and or coach simply goes around to the back of the iPad to view the repetition. The apps listed have varying capabilities like slow motion or telestration.
Here are a couple to check out:
If you have an iPad then the technology is available for you to use immediately for $2.99-4.99 if your booster club or program budget won’t allow for something like Varsity Worx. The apps are probably only good for individual practice segments, but that is where we are trying to prefect technique anyway.
This and other topics on utilizing technology in coaching will be available in an interactive book soon.
In the meantime, check out my iBooks now available on the iBookstore:
A Coaching Arsenal edited by Keith Grabowski