Reflective Practice In Sport

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As a coach, an unexperienced trainee or experienced head coach for years, it is important to keep the individuals you coach interested and keep a certain excitement for them in every session you deliver. One way to assess this dilemma if you want is by using reflective practice and engaging with your athletes through this. Reflective practice is within the world of sport becoming more and more recognized as a tool and used to boost improvement and efficiency for coaches, sport psychology practitioners and other personalities within any sporting organisation (Huntley and Kentzer, 2013). Research (Knowles, Katz and Gilborune, 2012); Neil, Cropley, Wilson and Faull, 2013) suggests reflective practice and critical reflection used in the correct…show more content…
I realised I was not there to coach them, make them do physical activity and then let them go home to rest and they were not there to follow my leads the whole time. During my first session I felt I wasn’t doing my job in a good way, I wasn’t able to coach them as I thought I should be. However, after a while I realised I wasn’t there to coach them because they were there to socialise with the others, to get out of the house and to enjoy their Monday morning with a cup of tea and a friendly conversation. After this session I went home and tried to reflect on the session. As explained earlier in this paper the first step in reflective practise is to process an experience. In this case I had to think how the men and women I had coached earlier had met up for everything except what I thought they were there for, physical activity. I realised I couldn’t be a coach in the way I was used to be, by telling them what to do and give them feedback on what they were doing right and wrong. I had to be more of a friend than a coach, I had to take part in their activities, in their conversations and tea drinking. The reflection I did can be compared to Kolb’s experiential learning theory. As figure 2 displays this is when you have an experience, so my first session with the elderly people, I did my reflecting on the session and learned what I had to do before I tried it out in the following session. The following week I…show more content…
Having a basic understanding of what reflective practise is and how to use it is, for a coach, important. If one manages to understand the frameworks which can be used to strengthen the process of reflection the the end result will be a better understanding (Platzer, Blake and Snelling, 1997). In addition to the three previous examples of reflective practice cycles (figure 1, figure 2 and figure 3) Gibbs’ reflective cycle (figure 4) can be used. Figure 4 display the six stages of reflective practise and if Kolb’s theory is to ‘obscure’ and one wish more detail it can add structure to the reflection process. However, no matter which one of the four displayed examples in this paper you use in your reflective practise you should reflect thoroughly and take time to reflect over every phase of the cycle. Through this month of coaching different groups in the community I have learned that sport and exercise is about so much more than getting fitter and develop as an athlete, and coaching is about a lot more than just developing high level athletes. I believe, in the same way as the young athletes mentioned in the introduction, reflective practice has helped me develop as a coach throughout the community coaching placement and will continue to help me develop as a coach in the

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