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Sports coaches’ commonly have a limited appreciation of pedagogy (Light & Evans, 2013). Furthermore, investigations concerning coaches’ use of performance analysis for athlete learning are rare (Groom, Cushion, & Nelson, 2011). Complex Learning Theory (CLT) advocates nonlinear and sociocultural educative approaches (Light, 2013). Considering this digital age, the aim of this investigation was to examine coaches’ use of Coach Logic—an online video-based coaching platform. Seven Head Coaches (five rugby union and two field hockey) were interviewed individually whilst their coaching staff and players contributed to group interviews. Results confirmed a priori themes of active, social and interpretive as derived from CLT. Analysis of these findings established that online coaching platforms have the capacity to facilitate the active involvement of athletes in the process of performance analysis. From a social perspective, online coaching platforms have helped to develop a positive team environment and also interpersonal working. Good practice was evident relating to interpretive approaches; however, the potential for coaches to embrace more radical conceptualisations of knowledge acquisition is stark. Online coaching platforms have a place in contemporary team sport environments and can contribute to athlete learning and other important aspects of team culture and cohesion.
Don Vinson is a principal lecturer in sports coaching science at the University of Worcester, UK. He has published numerous articles in field of sports coaching pedagogy and coach education. He is an experienced coach educator and has also coached field hockey in the English National Premier League as well as at junior international level. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Kelvin Beeching is a senior lecturer in performance analysis and sports coaching at the University of Worcester. Kelvin has a range of coaching experience from working in both participation and performance levels of sport within football and cricket. He has experience of coaching and sport science support within professional settings, working with a range of athletes from footballers to ice hockey players.
Michelle Morgan is a lecturing practitioner in sports coaching science at the University of Worcester, UK. She is a Level Three Netball Coach and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has experience of coaching both Netball and Football for over 10 years in the UK and USA working across club, educational and professional settings.
Gareth Jones is a principal lecturer in sports coaching science at the University of Worcester, UK. He has experience of coaching in professional sport and his research interests include coaching, group dynamics and team cohesion.