Taking video to help enhance your sports has been done for years. When I was in high school, we would come in the day after a football game and watch video of the game. If you had screwed up big time in the game, you certainly were not looking forward to having the coach point that out in front of everybody.
I have students take video of certain races at our track meets. Yes, I use the video on my social media in case I have athletes that do training with my biz. But, I’m also watching to see how kids get out of the blocks, were handoffs executed properly, and how a race was run.
Video is basically proof that you are or are not doing something correctly.
No one ever sees themselves play or move. Video helps illustrate what everyone else can see. It can show exactly what you are doing during a particular play, at-bat, a shot, etc.
At our facility, everyone goes through an individual assessment. Part of that assessment is recording an athlete running. People ask us to improve speed and in order to do that mechanics need to be changed. When video is taken, we can show the individual exactly what issues are there and how we will improve them.
You slow that video down, you can really point out the issues to the athlete and parents that you see. This will make it simple to understand what you need to do to get faster.
That is an obvious reason why video is so powerful. What I enjoy is the not-so-obvious reason.
Athletes may get tired of hearing me say how they are being lazy or need to give more of an effort. They might start believing me when I show them video of what I’m witnessing.
I will video a warmup, an athlete doing drills, wasted time, anything I feel needs to be emphasized. I will then simply ask the athlete, “Tell me what do you see in this video?”
Chances are they aren’t going to lie to you. They will probably acknowledge that they could work a little harder. That video does not lie.
Try using video next time you need to emphasize something with your athlete. I guarantee if they weren’t buying into what you were saying before, once they see the video, they will after.