Assessing the Efficacy of Video Telestration in Aiding Memory Recall Among Elite Professional Football Players




feedback; learning; technology; soccer


Elite football clubs have invested heavily in the use of video telestration software in recent years, however, little is known regarding the benefits of this technology in aiding players’ ability to recall events. Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of video telestration in aiding memory recall of information amongst professional male football players. A randomised controlled trial was conducted, where an experimental group (n = 7) experienced telestration and a control group (n = 7) experienced no telestration over five sessions in 15 days. Following watching the telestrated or non-telestrated clips, each individual completed a questionnaire 24-hours later comprising of questions regarding possession, chances creation and set-piece. The study revealed statistically significant differences (p < 0.001) in recall percentages for total recall, possession, chance creation and set-piece categories between the telestrated and non-telestrated groups. Set piece information was recalled the most when supplemented with video telestration and recalled the least in its absence (86.86% ± 7.20% vs 48.00% ± 9.24%). Subsequently, the results validate the investment in this technology, and it is suggested analysts and coaches should consider the use of telestration to support the wider performance analysis and coaching process to aid recall and facilitate player learning.

Author Biographies

Jordan Smith, AFC Bournemouth, UK

Jordan Smith, MSc, is a first team training analyst with AFC Bournemouth. His applied research interests include examining performance analysis tools that aid learning and understanding.

Steve Rands, Nottingham Forest Football Club, UK

Steve Rands, BSc, is head of performance analysis with Nottingham Forest Football Club. His research interests include examining performance analysis tools that aid learning and understanding.

Michael Bateman, University of Worcester, UK

Michael Bateman, MSc, is a lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, United Kingdom. His research interests focus on the importance of performance analysis within the coaching process.

John Francis, University of Worcester, UK

John Francis, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, United Kingdom. His research explores how coaches, athletes, and support staff perceive the use of performance analysis to help improve the delivery of the sport science discipline.


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