Monitoring athletes through self-report: perceived benefits and outcomes

Neumaier, A, Main, L. C. and Gastin, P. 2013, Monitoring athletes through self-report: perceived benefits and outcomes, in ACSMS 2013 : Abstracts of the Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport 2013, Sports Medicine Australia, Mitchell, ACT, pp. Sec 2: 53-Sec 2: 53.

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Title Monitoring athletes through self-report: perceived benefits and outcomes
Author(s) Neumaier, A
Main, L. C.
Gastin, P.
Conference name Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (2013 : Phuket, Thailand)
Conference location Phuket, Thailand
Conference dates 23-25 Oct. 2013
Title of proceedings ACSMS 2013 : Abstracts of the Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport 2013
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2013
Conference series Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport
Start page Sec 2: 53
End page Sec 2: 53
Publisher Sports Medicine Australia
Place of publication Mitchell, ACT
Summary Introduction: Monitoring and evaluation of an athlete’s training state is an essential component of measured athletic preparation. To date, measures of subjective well-being have been shown to be responsive to changes in training stress encountered by athletes, with practical advantages over performance and physiological measures. Typically the use of athlete self-report measures (ASRM) are driven by the coach and/or sport science staff to avoid undesirable training outcomes such as overtraining or injury. Effective implementation of ASRM is dependent on all stakeholders understanding this cyclic monitoring process and being willing to make changes as necessary. However it is not clear whether those involved in athlete preparation are aware of the reasons for their usage, therefore the aim of this study was to investigate the perceived benefits and outcomes of ASRM use in elite sport. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted one-on-one with ASRM stakeholders (8 athletes, 7 coaches, 15 sport science and medicine staff) at a national sporting institute. Transcripts were analysed for emergent themes using sound qualitative methods. Results and Discussion: The variety of perceived benefits and outcomes of ASRM use reflected a general uncertainty amongst stakeholders. ASRM were generally perceived to be implemented to measure athlete responses to training load (emphasised by coaches), and enable training modification (athletes). In comparison, sport science and medicine staff viewed the benefits more holistically with identification of red-flag responses, to ultimately prevent undesired outcomes. Other potential outcomes identified included facilitating athlete self-management and the use of longitudinal data sets to improve knowledge and future practice. However current ASRM outcomes appeared to deviate from these perceived benefits, with the most significant outcome identified being the role of the ASRM in initiating targeted conversation between athletes and staff (all stakeholders). Such conversation helps build inter-personal relationships as well as providing staff with context to any potential issues prior to any action. Communication was also facilitated amongst the multidisciplinary team, keeping staff in the loop and encouraging improved coordination. Conclusion: While key stakeholders understood the theoretical benefits of ASRM, their full potential may not be currently realised. Possibly due to lack of understanding of the cyclic monitoring process among those involved in athlete preparation, or the rational for the implementation of the ASRM. The findings of the current study demonstrate that ASRM are primarily used to encourage communication amongst stakeholders, which lends to a shift in perceptions of the role which ASRM may play in athletic preparation.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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