The Social Factors are concerned with: intrapersonal perspectives, interpersonal relationships and societal influences. The majority of the methods that may be used to gather information on the Social Factors tend to involve qualitative analysis. The methods normally consider the opinion and reflection of self and/or others. There may also be overlap with the methods of gathering data on the Mental and Emotional factors impacting performance.
The methods can include:
  • Questionnaire
  • Self-Appraisal
  • Team/ Group feedback
  • Coach feedback
The majority of methods that we would use in a physical education setting would be the subjective opinion of the performer, a class mate, the teacher or a coach. The validity and reliability of these methods are bound by the honesty, impartiality and level of experience of the person or persons providing the opinion.

Training Diary
A training is an effective way of monitoring and evaluating an athlete’s progress. It can be used to reflect upon training sessions and how you felt it went but can also be used to reflect upon competitive performances. By keeping a training diary and reviewing it every week, it can be possible to build up an accurate picture of how an athlete may be developing. One issue with this may be that is a reflective piece, therefore an honest opinion of yourself is needed throughout to make records valid and reliable.