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A new survey of sports performance coaches reveals that deep work can be a great way to get to the top of your sport.
The survey by the Sports Performance Institute (SPI) of the world’s most prestigious coaches revealed that athletes from different disciplines had different needs for deep work.
The authors of the survey, which has been published in the Journal of Sport Psychology, say that coaches who are familiar with athletes at their level should consider training with those athletes, and coaches who don’t know their athletes well may be less able to take advantage of their deep work abilities. Read More The SPI survey of 1,091 coaches found that a large majority (87.9%) of coaches who had at least one experience with athletes on the competitive circuit had been working with athletes in some capacity at some point during their career.
The survey also found that the vast majority (93.3%) of all coaches who have had more than a few athletes on their teams and have been on their staff for longer than 10 years, were training with athletes.
The SPI authors say that these coaches can be particularly effective when it comes to deep work because the athletes they train with are more likely to have been exposed to performance enhancing drugs in their youth.
These coaches, the authors say, may be able to identify their athletes with the help of drug testing programs, and then provide coaches with strategies to incorporate that knowledge into their training.
In an effort to develop more effective and efficient deep work strategies, the SPI team also launched the Sport Performance Coach Training Project, which aims to develop and test a variety of deep work techniques that are tailored to the athletes on each team.
This year, SPI partnered with the National Center for Sports Medicine and Performance to conduct the first-ever training study of coaches in a group setting, to identify whether deep work could be a useful tool in helping to optimize athletic performance.
The first study, published in March 2017, included 40 high school and college athletes from the state of New York, who completed a variety, but not all, of the 12 training tasks.
The researchers then looked at how deep work helped athletes reach peak performance levels during the study.
A group of 40 high schools in the state were then recruited for the second study, and the results were published last week in the journal Sports Performance.
Sophomore James Johnson, the author of the article and an assistant professor at the University of Florida, told The Daily Beast that the study shows that deep training is an effective way to improve athletic performance in the short term.
“It’s definitely something that can be effective, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it will have an immediate impact on your performance in an athletic context,” Johnson said.
He also said that while deep work is useful, it doesn�t provide an immediate benefit in the long term.
“When we look at long-term effects of deep training, we see that it can have a very long-lasting effect,” Johnson explained.
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