Applying the concept of reflection to strength and conditioning

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Tony Marshall

The aim of this narrative review is to define reflection and discuss how the characteristics of reflection apply to strength and conditioning. During this review, a novel definition will be proposed,1 that clarifies what reflection is; this will then form the basis of recommendations for embedding reflection into the everyday practice of strength and conditioning. It is hoped that the proposed theoretical position will encourage further refinement from researchers and inspire enquiry to explore the neurocognitive processes involved in reflective thinking. This will facilitate the development of a comprehensive yet precise theory of reflection that aims to explain the neurocognitive process that will guide empirically oriented studies. Subsequently, a robust and empirically informed explanatory theory of reflection will be used to recommend practically amenable methods that encourage strength and conditioning coaches to think deeply, innovatively and creatively about their coaching practice.

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