Cheerleading coaches are beginning to use technology to their advantage.
The amount of data available today because of technological advancements is seemingly unimaginable, and cheerleading coaches are beginning to use it to their advantage.
The analysis is more than just disparate numbers and statistics. It can have a profound impact on your cheerleading squad.
Coaches can use the analysis to improve player performance and a team’s overall quality, prevent injury, and many other enhancements.
Improving your athletes performance.
Previously, your cheer team had no way to watch training sessions, engage with stats, and review their performance. With the recent advancements in technology, cheerleading athletes can now review their performance in their own time, on their own devices, and from any location.
Coaches can pinpoint issues in routines and label them for the athletes to study, giving them a better understanding of where they need to improve.
Educated athletes make better decisions, and having stats available to highlight what techniques they need to practice will only improve their performance.
According to John Whitmore (2002), in Coaching for Performance
Athletes who are actively involved in their learning recall 65% of what they have learned after 3-months, compared to the 10% they recall from what they are told.
In the past, your athletes would forget what you had told them in previous coaching sessions, and coaches would have to spend time reviewing the last practice changes and corrections.
Now, corrections or changes made in practice can be viewed and studied at home. When the next practice comes, your athletes are ready to perform at their best, and time is not wasted reviewing the last practice’s changes and corrections.
The importance of a positive coach-athlete relationship cannot be understated.
Genuine relationships between cheerleading athletes and their coaches can generate greater trust, better communication, and a winning mentality.
When coaches have professional performance data, it can improve their online and in-person coaching.
They can upload cheerleading videos and post messages to help, motivate, and coach their athletes.
This will allow them to support their constructive feedback with statistical evidence, building trust between the coach and the cheer athlete.
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While dance plays a huge part in a cheerleading routine, other vastly more demanding components include tumbling, jump sequences, and stunting. They must get these cheerleading skills right to avoid catastrophic injury.
Cheerleading can be incredibly dangerous, with more than half of all female athletic injuries caused by competitive cheerleading.
According to Nick Allen of The Telegraph (2013)
At the college level, cheerleading or competitive cheer caused more than 70% of the catastrophic injuries among females. Over the past thirty years, 110 severe head and spine injuries resulted in permanent brain injury, paralysis, and death