Saturday, November 21, 2009

Video Motion Analysis - Update training for NKB Sea Kayak Coaches

Uithoorn, November, 21th.: the yearly meeting of the Dutch seakayak-coaches. Axel Schoevers and Nicole Bulk gave a Workshop on using video analysis in coaching seakayakers. Axel learned us how to integrate video-techniques effectively in the coaching progress. With simple means it's possible to get great results, but for optimal effect some attention to technique, organisation and execution is required.

A very helpful tool for analysing the video shots is the freeware program: Kinovea. Nicole Bulk (successful Dutch kayak racer: multiple medallist in K1-K4 flat water racing, former coach of the Dutch Women selection, etc.) joined our meeting and gave advise on coaching paddlers with the forward stroke. Nicole helped us a with the interpretation of the filmed kayaktechniques and learned us how to translate this to effective coaching.
The interaction between kayak-disciplines is increasing steadily: Piet - flatwater-racing kayaktrainer - also attended the update training of the seakayak-coaches.

And finally: the update training is also a meeting: a social event where Dutch seakayak-coaches meet their colleagues in a relaxed context.

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