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Self-direction of an athlete



Modern and athlete-centred coaching requires self-direction from the athlete. The athlete is an active learner whose development depends on their own mental resources, senses and thinking. A self-directing athlete assumes responsibility for their own actions and can achieve strong ownership of their athletic activities.


The athlete’s own self-knowledge is at the heart of their development. A study shows that an athlete’s subjective experience is more sensitive and consistent than objective measures when it comes to the daily monitoring of training impact*. The athlete’s feelings and monitoring them are an invaluable tool for both the athlete and the coach..


In the coaching process, a focus on the athlete means that the athlete participates in the goal-setting, realisation and evaluation. Qridi Sport is designed to reinforce the athlete’s self-direction and self-knowledge and facilitate comprehensive and athlete-centred coaching.



Goal-setting and monitoring through the Goals feature


Athletes can set various personal goals for themselves and monitor their realisation. When the same goal is set for all athletes in a team, the athletes can also monitor the progress of their teammates.



Exercises as a part of training implementation


The coach can share exercises with the athletes as images, videos, sound files or text. When completing an exercise, the athletes can submit media files and text, as well as reflect on their own performance.



Journals in supporting athletes’ development


Journals allow for interactive discussions around a specific theme between an athlete and a coach or among the whole team. Monitoring nutrition, among other things, is easy with a journal.



\Saw A.E., Main L.C., Gastin P.B. Monitoring the athlete training response: subjective self-reported measures trump commonly used objective measures: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2016;50:281–291.*