THE iGPM METHOD
The iGPM method was specifically developed for professional and competitive sports team coaching. It is based on the iGP2 model, a new group dynamic model of team analysis, combining a mental trainer’s or sports psychologist’s evaluation of observations and communication, and regular collection of screening data for the competitive unit, which consists of players, coaches and other staff members.
iGPM stands for (i)nteractive (G)roup (P)erformance (M)odel. With the iGPM method, a team’s complete planning cycle is taken into consideration. In addition to tried and tested sports psychology methods, the iGPM method includes continuous team analysis throughout the season. The approach focuses on the competitive team as a unit. It includes not only the athletes, but also the coaching and other staff members who regularly work with the team. The iGP² method’s basic assumption is that the team, throughout the time it is working as a unit, takes on different characteristics, based on its composition, its environment and how the season is going. These characteristics have a significant effect on the team’s performance and stability, and indirectly on the team’s success or failure.
THE METHOD’S SCIENTIFIC BASIS:
The iGP² method was designed by Heinz Wübbena within the scope of a theory-based external research project, and validated using a case study of Bundesliga handball. Additional work was initially focused on developing and validating the iGPM questionnaire, and subsequently on quantitative studies to test the falsification of the iGP² model’s hypotheses, as well as building up reference databases.
For this purpose, a joint venture was set up with the Institut für Sportwissenschaft (Institute for Sports Science) at Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. Prof. Dr. Andreas Lau is providing the project’s scientific leadership.
THIS IS HOW IT WORKS...
The latest values of the group properties, the so called group dynamic factors, will be captured on a regular basis during the planning cycle (f.e. the season). For the survey we use questionnaires that can be completed individually with little effort and quite comfortable on a smartphone, tablet, etc.. The local Mental Coach or Sports Psychologist can combine the results with own observations during practice and competition and past and future experiences of the team in order to interpret the results for the team. Based on the latest values and the development over time possible interventions can be suggested to the coaching stuff and the team. The whole method is based on cooperation of all group members to there benefit of the team but is keeping individual answers confidential. It is focused on sustainable development and the long term success of the team and should ideally be implemented as a structural element of there club or federation.
The Diagnosis Portal
For the Team Diagnosis we have developed a proprietary Portal for Mental Coaches and Sports Psychologists. Inside the portal you can start and finish the surveys for the team diagnosis and have access to automatically generated report. The User of the portal can comment and interpret the results. If Multiple measurements are available you can graphically illustrate the development of selected group dynamic factors over time. Reports for the Coaches and Teams can be downloaded as PDF-documents of push button request.