When evaluating the implementation of an athlete development initiative it is critical to understand the on ground reality both from an athlete and organization perspective.
Game Change advocates strongly for the development of a data based approach predicated on strong qualitative and quantitative research that incorporates the goals and business objectives of the sponsoring organization.
Game Change brings together a unique mix of both athlete development experience and academic firepower to ensure that research initiatives are valid in their construction and delivery. Furthermore, we temper first rate data analysis with our experience in the field to offer recommendations that positively impact outcome for both athletes and organizations.
As athlete development continues to increase in importance to both individual athletes and sport organizations around the world, Game Change can provide speakers to address a variety of topics related to the field. Topics which can be addressed include: The Reality of Professional Sport, Athlete Development for Performance Success On and Off the Playing Surface and Preparing for Life Beyond Athletics.
Customized Services for Elite & Professional Athletes
Coaches, financial advisors, agents and others typically have only a short-term view of the value and relevance of a particular athlete and are only concerned about what the athlete can provide them now. Being a professional or elite athlete is stressful. This short-term approach to an athlete’s career compounds a variety of stressors for the athlete. and may in fact SHORTEN the athletes career.
THE LONG-TERM IMPACTS YOU NOW
Game Change works with elite and professional athletes to adjust this short-term approach to their career. Our research indicates that athletes who follow a few simple protocols during their careers can:
- Dramatically reduce their day to day stress
- Improve performance
- Increase career length
- Increase career earnings
Lastly, and from our perspective just as critical, we help leverage player careers for increased opportunities and earnings post sport. Make no mistake, your number one priority as an elite or professional athlete, is to be the best athlete you can be. We make sure you are in the best position to make that happen for the long-term.
Game Change can be your long-term personal and professional honest broker. Contact us for a confidential discussion about how we can help you.
Game Change continues to identify a range of services designed to optimize organizations that work with athletes. Areas of focus include; coaching assessments and training and development, resiliency and mental wellness training and education, personal security and police interaction training, sexual harassment and relationship conduct education/training and best practices, conflict management solutions and training and cultural enhancement.
Professional Sport Solutions
Organizations that have large athlete populations are seeking in essence to optimize their most important product. To protect the product and by extension a brand, organizations need to invest in their athletes in a fashion that drives relevant outcomes for the business. Game Change delivers by providing customized solutions designed to drive outcomes.
A primary challenge for all major athletic departments is appropriately gauging student athlete engagement in the university and academic community and their perception of their respective athletic experiences. The vast majority of institutions do not conduct appropriate reviews of their student athlete bodies. The benefits of effectively executing a student athlete experience and engagement protocol include:
- Data around athlete’s perceptions of the athletic department
- Data related to how coaches and administrators are interacting with their athletes
- Data related to how athletes are interacting with the rest of the university community
Moreover, a properly executed student athlete experience and engagement protocol can provide university leadership with:
- Early warning data related to potential student athlete/program/coach issues
- Data designed to help identify those athletes most likely to acclimatize to their universities culture
The power of an Experience and Engagement Review lies in allowing universities to proactively manage their athletes and coaching staffs. It also promotes the alignment of academic and athletic principles based on real data. The quality of the data collected by an Experience and Engagement Review is directly related to the following data collection principles:
- Confidential (athlete’s cannot be identified based on their comment/feedback)
- Impartial (not related to the Athletic Department)
- Independent (not related to the University)
- Multi-modal data collection (e.g. qualitative, quantitative)
Game Change has access to world class psychometric assessments designed to provide value to both organizations and individual athletes. Additionally, Game Change has developed proprietary assessments designed to measure individual 'Athlete Risk' as it relates to their future beyond sport. This risk measurement can also be used to help mitigate against performance fluctuations in the short and long-term.