Michael Ashford

Michael Ashford
Coventry University | CU · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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(1) Background: The interpersonal dimensions of coaching in high performance sport have been subject to increasing scrutiny but with limited evidence to guide practice. Similarly, there is increasing practical interest in the concept of psychological safety, often portrayed as an implicitly desirable characteristic of all sporting environments but,...
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In recent years, high-performance sport has seen a rising interest in Psychological Safety, a construct with a strong empirical basis in certain business contexts. As research and practice interest grows in PS, there are early indications of practitioners and, to a lesser extent research, treating the construct as being universally transferable. We...
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Rule changes in sport are relatively common. They are typically instigated in response to concerns around player safety (e.g., tackle height in rugby), game flow and entertainment (e.g., shot clock in basketball), or to facilitate talent development processes (e.g., reduced team size in junior football). The purpose of this study was to monitor the...
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Abstract: Three perspectives were taken to explain decision-making within team sports (information processing, recognition primed decision-making, and ecological dynamics perspectives), resulting in conceptual tension and practical confusion. The aim of this paper was to interrogate empirical evidence to (1) understand the process of decision-makin...
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Over the past 50 years decision making research in team invasion sport has been dominated by three research perspectives, information processing, ecological dynamics, and naturalistic decision making. Recently, attempts have been made to integrate perspectives, as conceptual similarities demonstrate the decision making process as an interaction bet...
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Research has suggested that competition within talent identification and development systems should be modified from the adult format of the sport to meet the developmental needs of those participating. Yet limited research has evaluated the success of game changes, particularly the effectiveness of modifying the rules of a game to purposefully eng...
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Invasion team sports coaches are faced with the problem of developing players that in any given situation can make decisions that lead to successful outcomes. Research into human decision-making has established three widely accepted perspectives, which sports coaching has used to understand player decision-making and inform practice; information pr...
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Although there have been increasing calls to recognise the 'voice of the coach' in both policy and research, there has been very little work that has asked the coaches directly: 'what are your main issues and problems?', and 'where do you go for support'? Instead assessments and decisions have been made on these issues by the media, policy-makers,...
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Applied article published in Professional Strength and Conditioning, The Journal of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association
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The concept of tactical periodization has been popularized by a number of successful, high-profile soccer coaches. more recently, reports have indicated that tactical periodization approaches are being used within elite rugby union. however, few reports currently exist, and resources for coaches interested in using a tactical periodization approach...

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This project has been ongoing for the past four years forming the central subject area of my doctorate study. The aim of this project is to explore the internal logic of rugby union, its influence on player decision-making and the role of the coach in supporting the development of their player's decision-making within coaching practice.
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Describe the concept and process of tactical periodisation in rugby union from both a technical/tactical and strength and conditioning perspective.