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Video analysis: discussion

Doing some research on the web, I found an interesting article

“Video Analysis in Figure Skating part 2: The Cautious”

The idea of writing and using part of this article is not to criticize. It’s speaking about video analysis use. I encourage you to read the full article HERE

I will comment on some extracts by sharing my opinion and experience on the ice. After all, Perform’Live has provided video analysis services for more than 15 years.

Figure skating development

Extract 1:

The “Imitation trap.” The first caution relates to the benefit of presenting learners with a standard to compare their work.[…] Takeaway: Video replay should undoubtedly be used to convey performance standards. However, learners should never be told to “copy” a behavior shown in a video replay. Instead, they should be encouraged to use video performance as one possible way of many to solve the task and to develop their own conception of the behavior.

I would say if you’ve got large. When I say large, I should say huge video library with a very effective organizing system. You can find the closest reference to show the most influential movement the skater should do. It’s not a problem to tell a learner to “copy a performance.” The skater will have what I call the learning interpretation. You show a movement, basic or complex; it’s the same. You will see that the skater interprets your task according to his way of moving, skating skills, coordination abilities, and motor skills development. Using video during the training is a way to support your teaching method. During video feedback, I often highlighted the control or quality of the jump preparation, not showing the full jump. Remember, each part of the jump is linked. For example, if the preparation phase is inadequate, do not expect an effective force production phase… I explain in Jumps Techniques: The guide to understanding the mechanics of the figure skating jumps (Get a copy HERE).

Figure Skating Jumps techniques The guide to understanding the mechanics of the figure skating jumps

Extract 2:

Takeaway: Proceed with caution when pointing out mistakes to athletes through video replay and support this analysis with a strong promotion of the corrected behavior. I even recommend to supplement these videos with samples of correctly performed movements.

I would like to nuance this a bit. I prefer to talk about effectiveness and not mistakes. Always be positive and encourage the athlete. It’s essential in mental training to do.

Extract 3: In summary, we greatly support the concept of video replay and analysis in facilitating our students’ learning and we use this tool very often. However, we always proceed with caution and make sure our observations are supported with biomechanical knowledge, an understanding of the big picture of the movements, and that what we actually see might not be what we should believe! 

Absolutely. Like every tool you use in your training or learning process, it’s crucial to know the benefits, cons, and limits. You can get The big picture of the movements by studying, categorizing various jump techniques, and collecting data to create a practical database. Perform’Live develops and continues to grow this fantastic tool. 

Being open-minded is one of the most essential qualities a coach must have.