How the heck are we supposed to know what’s what without proper feedback?
For most of us, we have very little clue as to what we’re doing with our technique whether it be a swing, pitch, deadlift, or even something as simple as walking. There is always a disconnect between how we think we look, and reality. This is why being able to see actual footage of our movements is vital to every athlete. For coaches, having the ability to capture video and photos is crucial to progressing the developmental process. Video feedback really is the only true way to reconcile what you are feeling with what you are actually doing…in other words, “Feel vs Real”.
Over my 10 years of coaching high-performance athletes, there was always a shock, even to the best of them, when they saw their movement replayed to them. Over time though, with constant video feedback, their ability to match the feeling with what they saw became more comparable. This lead to better performance and a shorter learning period.
Video capture and video feedback has been made easy with the the use of mobile devices. Mobile video capture has gotten better every year, allowing coaches to not only record the motion but slow it way down and telestrate (draw lines) to highlight very specific points that need to be adjusted.
With this level of video feedback at your fingertips, it’s no wonder coaches are using phones and tablets more than ever before. Gone are the days of bulky expensive cameras. For the majority of coaches, we now have everything we need built-in natively to our devices and can leverage apps to deliver the level of coaching we want in near real-time.
Video Feedback Quick Tips | When Filming Your Athlete:
- Consistent Angles of Capture – Common angles would be directly behind the athlete as well as facing them. Height of the camera is important too. There are a lot of opinions here but for me, I prefer to try to get the camera to match how I would be looking at the athlete (close to eye level). This way when I review the video it matches what I’m used to seeing. It is important to stay consistent. If you are constantly changing the camera angle or camera height your athlete will have a harder time seeing the changes in their own movements.
- 240+ FPS – In order to maximize your ability to slow down the video without the subject your recording blurring, make sure you have your camera set to at least 240 frames per second.
- Vertical vs Horizontal – In most cases, it will be easier to fit the entire athlete plus their motion on the screen if you choose to record while holding the device vertically.