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How to provide quality feedback when coaching

How coaches give feedback can determine how well a rower performs. But where to start? GB Rowing Team coach Christian Felkel provides advice

What is feedback? I would say that it’s the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, or event, which is used as a basis for improvement.

Feedback can be as simple as a coach shouting through a megaphone or putting a straw on the boat to indicate a catch angle – or it can be as complex as installing many sensors on the boat and athlete. The quality of feedback determines the quality of learning of motor skills and ultimately the quality of the performance. The better we prepare the rower, the better the race results will be.

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