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    The perceptions of elite rink hockey head coaches: preparation/observation and intervention

    Sousa, Tiago, Sarmento, Hugo, Field, Adam ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2600-6182 and Vaz, Vasco (2021) The perceptions of elite rink hockey head coaches: preparation/observation and intervention. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 21 (2). pp. 277-294. ISSN 2474-8668

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    The study explored the perception of rink-hockey head coaches in relation to the use of performance analysis as a tool to assist training and match preparation, observation and interventions. Seven experienced First Division Portuguese rink-hockey head coaches were included in the study. Semi-structured interviews were carried out and the data were analysed through inductive and deductive content analyses. Several themes emerged from the interviews including “preparation/observation” and “intervention”. Rink-hockey head coaches prefer to analyse the opponents themselves to plan training, as well as to assist with tactical preparation and implement within-match strategies. They considered video analysis an important tool to analyse opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, with particular focus on the opponent’s goalkeeper. Seek to identify qualities and deficiencies in the opponents’ team and individual players. Focus the analysis of opponents’ teams on the five moments of the game. Training intervention involves the adaption of training exercises, whereby information is communicated during meetings. These data have implications both from a performance and a training practice perspective. Future research should focus on players and goalkeepers’ perspectives.

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