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Does This Diagnostic Provide A Solution For You?
Understanding Athlete Motivation
is now live, If you want to learn more about the diagnostic and athlete motivation.
In this blog post, I am going to introduce an idea in the form of a tool that I have been developing for the last six months. The tool was originally the idea of my father dating back twenty years. If you would like to read more about how I received this idea, I have written a post that explains my deep appreciation and respect for my father
. This idea is just one example of the creativity that he possessed and I think of him every day
The idea behind this tool/diagnostic is based on a couple of questions. What are the factors involved in athlete motivation? Once this is measured, how can the information be used to develop the coach/athlete relationship? One of my clients who has taken the diagnostic described it as a "Myers-Briggs for athletes". I think that is the best description for what I envisioned as I developed this inventory.
Enter the 3D Mental Fitness Diagnostic....
How Does An Athlete Take The Diagnostic?
The athlete is first asked to read thirty-two different statements that probe for strengths in their psychological approach to training and exercise. The athlete reads a statement and indicates whether they think that the statement describes their mental thought process. If they agree that the statement describes them then they indicate to what extent they agree with the statement by choosing the most appropriate response.
After the first thirty-two statements have been answered, the athlete is shown thirty more statements that probe for strengths in what actually happens in the gym or at practice. The difference between the two sections is that the drive component measures the extent to which the desire component is applied in action.
This process of agreeing or disagreeing with statements takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
What Kind Of Feedback Does The Athlete Receive?
A report is generated once the diagnostic has been completed. Every report is different and depends on the responses provided to each statement. It would be very unlikely that the same report would be generated for any two individuals.
The first thing that the diagnostic does is identify the top two strengths that a person exhibits in both their desire to train and their drive (application of training principles).
Each of the individual diagnostic statements are designed to identify strengths in a number of areas. The desire component of the diagnostic is broken down into eight different categories. A radar graph is generated to visualize the scoring on each section. You can see from the image below the name of each category.
The drive component of the diagnostic is broken down into six sections. As before, the athlete receives a radar graph visualizing the scores for each section.
Following each graph are full explanations of what each of the sections of each category has measured and what a person’s score is on each of the sections. Here is an example of one section of the report.
Belief Of Fulfillment
This category measures a person's desire to stay "on track" and successfully complete a personal training program. People who score well in this category are able to discipline themselves and stay committed to a predetermined program over a long period of time.
Your Score: 8/10
Your score in this category indicates that you have little to no trouble maintaining the discipline to commit to a regularly scheduled personal fitness regime.
Scores for each of the eight sections of the desire section are provided in the full report. The same for the six sections of the drive section of the report.
Balance of Desire and Drive
The next section of the report contains a summary diagram that visually represents the balance between the drive and desire components of the diagnostic. An example of the summary diagram follows:
The report also includes some strategies for working on developing other strengths and provides the person more insight into how they might improve their approach to fitness.
Coaching and Analysis Functionality
I believe the true power of this tool is in the hands of the coach. The coach has a powerful set of diagnostics that allow quick access to reports for any of their athletes. The coaching control panel allows a coach to shift through each diagnostic report and truly understand what makes their athlete “tick”.
Here is a 7-minute video where I demonstrate the functionality of the coach control panel.
The complete listing of functionality for the coaches control panel includes:
- A gym or coach is provided with a custom link. This link can be shared with current athletes or clients to help gain more insight into their approach to fitness.
- Diagnostic reports can be viewed or printed off in pdf format.
- Send athletes their full report with a personalized message.
- The statistics that can be view include:
- Plot multiple clients on the same graph. This could help with assigning training partners or analyzing team chemistry. (see example image)
- Download csv reports with demographic information of the clients that have taken the diagnostic.
- The number of diagnostics that have been taken each month.
- Gender and age demographics for each client or potential client.
It would be fairly easy to modify the diagnostic to probe for other strengths in other areas of life or skill sets. The areas that I will be working on could include business applications such as sales and marketing. As an educator, I think that this would be a powerful tool for a teacher/student relationship at various stages of academic development.
The true test of this diagnostic is if it provides a solution for someone.
If you would like to try the diagnostic for yourself, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I plan to beta test for another 6 weeks through the end of May.
I’d be happy to assist you and learn how I can help provide solutions for your organization.