Which Number Counts? An Appreciative Conversation of Discovery and Design within Sport Science Support

ABSTRACT

Using objectives numbers generated through monitoring practices with the aim of enhancing athletic performance is common in high-performance sport. However, an important question to consider is what information is needed to make the athlete better and how can this information be used effectively by the coach? In this article we provide a potential avenue for Appreciative Inquiry principles that may optimise the ability for numbers to be used effectively in practice.

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Author: James McCarron

Dr. James McCarron is a lecturer in Sports Physiology & Conditioning at Hartpury University Centre, where he is also the programme leader of the MSc Applied Strength and Conditioning. Additionally, he also holds a role within the Gloucester Rugby as an Academy Sports Scientist. Contact: james.mccarron@hartpury.ac.uk

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Author: Ben Drury

Ben Drury is the programme leader for the BSc in Strength and Conditioning at Hartpury University Centre. He also provides strength and conditioning support and consultancy to a number of professional clubs. Contact: Ben.Drury@hartpury.ac.uk

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