Prof. Greg Lott on Improving Athlete Development
Coaches are always looking for ways to improve athletic performance.
Assistant Professor Greg Lott is also an assistant athletic director, and much of his work is focused on methods to take athletic performance up a notch.
Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual recently has published a paper by Lott, “Working Towards a Model of Reflection to Improve Athlete Development.”
In it Lott outlines a proposed model of athlete reflection, a method of improving performance. He notes the need for such an outline:
“Many sport governing bodies even require reflective practice as part of coaching certification programs (Nelson & Cushion, 2006). However, the term “reflection” is so commonly used for a variety of different activities that our understanding of the exact nature of the construct has become clouded (Cushion, 2018). “Additionally, if the purpose of coaching is to impact athlete-learning and development (Côté & Gilbert, 2009), a greater focus on the reflective process of the athletes themselves is needed. We are thus left with a two-fold issue: 1) there is a distinct need to explore and articulate a multi-faceted process of cogitating within and upon an experience; and 2) the focus of sport practitioners needs to be redirected at learning how best to facilitate the reflective process of athletes.