Introduction to the DISC Model in Sport


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Get up to speed fast with this 5-part video presentation by Bo Hanson. Benefit from watching an introduction to the DISC model and how valuable it is in sport.  You will understand the four DISC styles (Dominant, Steady, Influence and Conscientious) and most importantly, learn how to incorporate all of this into your sports training and coaching. In this series of short videos, Bo Hanson takes you step-by-step to ensure you have a strong foundation to take you to the next level.

Part 1 – Introducing the DISC Model

This video starts with Bo Hanson introducing the DISC model and its application to sport.  DISC measures behavior by dominance, influence, Steadiness, and Conscientious.  By understanding your athletes based on their behavior, coaches are better able to meet the individual needs of their athletes to achieve improved sporting performance.

Part 2 – Dominant Style of DISC in Sport

In Part 2 Bo Hanson discusses the “D” within the DISC model which represents the Dominant style.  Watch the below video to find out what it means to have a high or low level of “D”, and what situations require an adaptation of “D” in a coaching role.  Bo also discusses how the D style expresses itself in an athlete’s game.

Part 3 – Influence Style of DISC in Sport

Watch the below video for Bo Hanson’s explanation of the Influence Style (the “I” within DISC) in sport. Find out how the Influence style represents your level of extroversion or introversion, how this style manifests itself in coaching, and when it may be appropriate to make adaptations.

Part 4 – Steady Style of DISC in Sport

In Part 4 of this video series, Bo Hanson turns his attention to the “S” style in the DISC model. The Steady Style, is a measure of pace, and this video covers the key things you need to know within sport when working with Steady Style people.  The Steady scale determines whether you are fast or slow paced, whether you are more spontaneous or have a longer fuse. The “perfect profile” for a coach is also examined.

Part 5 – Conscientious Style of DISC in Sport

In this last video in the series, Bo Hanson discusses the Conscientious Style within the DISC model. Find out more about the Conscientious Style and the key things you need to know within sport. If you are a low “C”, you may see rules as something to be broken. High “C”s on the other hand will prefer to follow rules precisely. Find out how an athlete’s level of C is displayed in their playing style, and why coaches can benefit from adapting their level of C.

Resources for DISC

We trust you have enjoyed and found this introduction to DISC valuable. If you would like more resources on DISC we have a whole range available for you!

We definitely recommend you read our article on the Methodology of DISC, the basis of our Athlete Assessments’ sports profiling products.

If you would like further information on how the DISC model can be applied in sport see our DISC Theory and Application Video Category. This category contains videos which cover everything from how DISC can be applied to Recruiting, the Coaching Styles, Diversity and Team Dynamics, Team Roles, Athlete Motivation and Athlete Communication.

If you prefer to read rather than watch, we have a whole article library selection of articles dedicated to DISC Theory and Application. This section covers everything from the Importance of Profiling in Sport, the Four DISC Coaching Styles, How to Identify Another Person’s DISC Behavioral Style, and Team Dynamics and DISC. Read on now!

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Where so many other factors in sport, across sports programs and organizations are very similar, effectively managing the ‘people side’ is what differentiates the mediocre and truly great. DISC Profiling will take your team’s performance to the next level, allowing you to get ahead and stay ahead.

Our team packages include our sport-specific DISC Assessments plus importantly, a series of consultations via video conference. Our goal is to use the information of the DISC profiles to the benefit of your program and coaching and make it as useful and practical as possible.

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Bo Hanson

Senior Consultant & Director

Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 25 years, delivering leadership, management, and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe. Bo was also the winner of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) 2023 Award for L&D Professional of the Year, for his dedication to L&D and transformational work across various industries.

After a successful career in sport including four Olympics and three Olympic Medals, Bo co-founded and developed Athlete Assessments in 2007. Bo now focuses on working with clients to achieve their own success on and off ‘the field’, and has attained an unmatched track-record in doing exactly this.

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