Reflection can be described in many different ways and often is by a variety of people, however Nguyen et al (2014) states that “authors perceive the act of reflection as one of ‘questioning’, ‘thinking’, ‘examining’, ‘scrutinizing’, ‘mental processing’ or ‘analysis’, all of which are cognitive activities”. Therefore reflection actually involves a range of different activities that all come together to form the reflection process. When this is then linked into a sporting context it becomes crucial to the learning process that a sports coach travels on. It is vital that a coach reflects on the coaching sessions that they have delivered in order to discover their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement, as this can play a huge part in their own development.
When coaching reflection is something that I must ensure I do as it enables me to ask questions and better myself further. Questions asked could be: ‘Why are my actions causing this?’ and ‘What is different here?’ and this is backed up by Fowler (2015) in his journal article called “Reflection. Part 1:the importance of reflection. He then goes on to discuss how much of a valuable tool it is and this couldn’t be more truthful than when coaching. Without reflection coaches would struggle to improve and make themselves the coach that they are today.
Fowler, J. (2015) ‘Reflection. Part 1: the importance of reflection’, Dental Nursing, 11(3), pp. 168–170.
Nguyen, Q. D., Fernandez, N., Karsenti, T. and Charlin, B. (2014) ‘What is reflection? A conceptual analysis of major definitions and a proposal of a five-component model’, Medical Education, 48(12), pp. 1176–1189