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DISC Profiling in Sport

If you are looking for an assessment to predict who is going to win or be the most successful athlete, coach or sports professional, then you are in the wrong place. But, before you leave, we caution you as to whether it even exists. Trying to predict individual success in sport is highly risky and almost always unrewarded. But, there is a better, more successful approach to top performance.

Most Overlooked Performance Factor

Top sporting performance, whether on the track, field, pool or court, or on the management and administration side, relies on so many important variables being done at the highest level and in unison. In elite sport, many of these elements such as strength and conditioning, game or race strategy, nutrition, and many other physical areas, have already been exhausted in their pursuit. In today’s competitive world of sport, for the most part, the physical side has little competitive advantage or, as endless media headlines attest, can be easily undone. Yet, one of the most impactful factors of sporting success is often overlooked or underestimated.

Research has Overturned the Old Ways

The latest research turns on its head the long-held view of how to achieve ultimate sporting performances. Research presented at the World Class Performance Conference in London in November 2015 delved into what differentiates a superelite (a high performing athlete who was expected to do well and went on to win multiple medals) from someone who competes at the Olympics but goes home empty-handed. According to this study, the differentiator was the quality of the coach–athlete relationship. While surprising to some, these results were not isolated. Previous prominent research conducted as part of the Canadian Olympic Study “Own the Podium” and definitively showed that the top two contributors to medal winning or personal best performances were the quality of the coach-athlete relationship and the athlete’s self-awareness.

“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”

What the Most Successful in Sport Know

Whether aware of this research or intuitively known, the most successful in sport know the hidden value of understanding how to consistently create top performance in themselves (built on self-awareness), the importance of communication, and how well people work together (relationship skills). They focus in these areas as they know it results in the best outcomes and ultimately winning.

As legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski so aptly said:

“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”

While often dismissed by others as the ‘soft side’, getting it right on the ‘people side’ results in the highest performances being achieved.

DISC Profiling is the Key

to Getting the ‘People Side’ Right in Sport

The primary purpose of DISC Profiling is developing self-awareness and providing a framework to understand others to build effective relationships.

DISC Profiling provides practical strategies to improve performance through:

Developing self-awareness

Effective communication

More productive relationships

Tailoring coaching, mentoring and managing

Identifying how each person contributes their best

Optimizing team dynamics (getting team chemistry right)

  • Developing self-awareness
  • Effective communication
  • More productive relationships
  • Tailoring coaching, mentoring and managing
  • Identifying how each person contributes their best
  • Optimizing team dynamics (getting team chemistry right)

Its applications range from improving team effectiveness and interpersonal relationships, to leadership development, to recruitment and professional development plans.

5 Things You Need to Know about DISC Profiling in Sport

Before learning more about DISC Profiling, there are some important things you need to know:

1

DISC Profiling focuses on behavior which is how someone prefers to act and what they do, rather than personality traits. Behavior is flexible, personality is not. We never ask an athlete to change their personality, but coaches constantly ask athletes to adjust their technique or what they do.

2

At its core, DISC Profiling is based on a simple four-quadrant model. This is critical in sport as it allows coaches, athletes and sports professionals to quickly understand, remember and use. Yet, you can also delve much deeper into its theory and application to truly master this area of expertise, which is what the Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles specifically do. (Personality tests are psychometric assessments. They are more complex and require extensive training to administer and work with. Also, most are only developed for business, not sport.)

3

There is no right or wrong, best or worst DISC Profile. We have profiled many of the world’s best and see no pattern for who is more or less successful based on their DISC Profile. What’s most important is how you apply this in sport. Read more about DISC Methodology here.

4

Your aim is never to ‘improve’ your DISC Profile. Instead, the focus is on developing self-awareness, knowing what works for you and what doesn’t, and ultimately knowing what behaviors will produce the best results as an individual and when working in a team. This is the key to high performance, coaching and leadership. Learn more about the importance of profiling in sport.

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The DISC model was first developed in the 1920’s and has been continually developed, extended and improved on since. As a result, DISC Profiling is the most valid and reliable tool available. It has been heavily used in business since the 1960’s and tailored to sport by Athlete Assessments back in 2007. Read more about the history of DISC Profiling.

Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles use proven techniques based on decades of behavioral research and are created and used specifically for sport.

DISC Profiling is...

a simple disc

At its simplest, DISC Profiling measures a person’s degree of Dominance,  Influence,  Steadiness and  Conscientious behavior. Read more about the foundations of the DISC Model.

Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles are Specifically for Sport

Athlete Assessments provides three different types of DISC Profiles, one specifically for coaches (the CoachDISC Profile), athletes (the AthleteDISC Profile) and sports administrators and other professionals (the Sports ManagerDISC Profile).

Each assessment provides a DISC Profile Report based on the results of a 12-minute online survey. The personalized report details the individual’s personal style, strengths, limiting behaviors, communication preferences and the ideal environment to enhance performance.

Get practical strategies to coach athletes to their individual needs. Know the behaviors producing their best performances for greater consistency when it counts the most. Help your athletes build self-awareness to make improvements and take greater responsibility for their behavior, on and off “the field”. Find out more!

The distinguishing factor of great coaches is their constant pursuit for the competitive edge, in their athletes and themselves. Coaches will better understand their coaching styles (and their fellow-coaches’ and staff) to find new ways to further improve their coaching and communication with athletes and others. Their coaching results will only further improve, guaranteed! Find out more!

Provide your people with a comprehensive understanding of themselves and those they work with. It quickly improves communication, working relationships and ultimately results. Use with recruitment, as a foundation for professional development plans or part of a team building exercise. Find out more! 

The sporting environment is one of the most demanding and competitive arenas. To be the best you need to be equipped with the best possible resources, the leading performance tools and looking after your most important asset, the people. As legendary coach Joe Gibbs so simply stated:

“You don’t win with X’s and O’s. What you win with is people.”

More than just a report...

These DISC Profiles are more than just the survey and detailed, personalized reports. The Athlete Assessments DISC Profiles also provide additional capability including Observer Feedback, Team Dynamic Reporting and Career Planning.

Find out more.

Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiling is the key to getting the ‘people side’ right in sport. When the stakes are high, are you prepared to under-invest in this most critical area of success?

In addition to our DISC Profiles, we have resources including…

DISC in Sport Workbook

The DISC in Sport Workbook is a handy, easily accessible resource for learning the key principles of DISC Profiling for sport.

The DISC Card Game

The DISC Card Game is versatile and will be your go-to development tool. Put the ‘fun’ into better functioning teams!

Coaching Philosophy Workbook

Be guided step-by-step through this important process of developing, or updating, your coaching philosophy. It’s easy!

Different Clients, Tailored Services

Athlete Assessments DISC profiles are used around the world by different sports professionals in different ways. Learn more about the application and results achieved.
  • Sport Psychologists + Consultants
  • University Academics in Sport Management + Sciences
  • Sports Coaches + Elite Teams
  • Leadership + Professional Development

Sport Psychologists + Consultants

As a successful sport psychologist or performance consultant, your clients rely on you being the best in your field, so they can be the best in theirs. This means knowing the true determinants of success and having access to the tools and assessments that make the most impact when it comes to improving performance. Athlete Assessments works with some of the very best sport psychologists and consultants, world-wide. Find out how you can join this unique group to use our assessments with your clients.

University Academics in Sport Management, Coaching + Sciences

In today’s competitive world, great technical ability is assumed. What differentiates the most successful sports professionals is their ability to navigate the people side of sport. Whether you teach sport management, sport coaching, sport and health sciences or sport psychology, provide your university students with the skills which differentiate them when they enter the competitive sports industry. Athlete Assessments’ University Academic Program includes everything you need to seamlessly integrate this into your class syllabus. Find out more about how to further enhance your students’ experience and future success.

Sports Coaches + Elite Teams

Where so many other factors in high performance sport are very similar, it is how well the ‘people side’ is managed that differentiates the mediocre and truly great. DISC Profiling is the most effective tool to get the people side right, and our Team Programs take your team’s performance to the next level, allowing you to get ahead and stay ahead. This program is all about making it effective in practice and competition – and importantly, getting results now and into the future! Commit to taking your coaching and team performance to new heights.

Leadership + Professional Development

Leadership impacts whether the team wins or loses, whether people are loyal to the program or leave, and overall how much people enjoy their sport. And yet professional development and leadership training is often neglected or not given the time and resources it needs. Whether you’re updating an existing program or launching a new initiative, Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles can further enhance your program. Find out how your professional development and leadership training can be transformed.

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