3rd Edition

Essentials of Performance Analysis in Sport Third edition

    492 Pages 139 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    492 Pages 139 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The coaching process is about enhancing performance by providing feedback about the performance to the athlete or team. Researchers have shown that human observation and memory are not reliable enough to provide accurate and objective information for high-performance athletes. Objective measuring tools are necessary to enable the feedback process. These can take the form of video analysis systems post-event, both biomechanical and computerised notation systems, or the use of in-event systems.

    Essentials of Performance Analysis in Sport 3rd Edition is fully revised with updated existing chapters and the addition of 12 new chapters. It is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to this core discipline of contemporary sport science. The book offers a full description of the fundamental theory of match and performance analysis, using real-world illustrative examples and data throughout. It also explores the applied contexts in which analysis can have a significant influence on performance. To this end the book has been defined by five sections.

    In Section 1 the background of performance analysis is explained and Section 2 discusses methodologies used in notating sport performance. Current issues of performance analysis applied research, such as chance, momentum theory, perturbations and dynamic systems are explored in Section 3. Profiling, the essential output skill in performance analysis, is examined in depth in Section 4. The book’s final section offers invaluable applied information on careers available for performance analysts.

    With extended coverage of contemporary issues in performance analysis and contributions from leading performance analysis researchers and practitioners, Essentials of Performance Analysis in Sport 3rd Edition is a complete textbook for any performance analysis course, as well as an invaluable reference for sport science or sport coaching students and researchers, and any coach, analyst or athlete looking to develop their professional insight.

    Section I: The Background

    1. The Importance of Feedback to Performance

    Dana Maslovat and Ian M. Franks

    2. What is Performance Analysis?

    Mike Hughes and Roger Bartlett

    3. Project Management Issues in Performance Analysis

    Henriette Dancs and Katalin Kovács

    4. A Pedagogical Approach to Performance Analysis in the Physical Education

    Katalin Kovács and Henriette Dancs

    5. Video-based Technologies

    Dario G. Liebermann, Michael T. Hughes and Ian M. Franks

    Section II: The Methodology of Notational Analysis

    6. The Use of Performance Indicators in Performance Analysis

    Mike Hughes and Roger Bartlett

    7. Sports Analysis

    Mike Hughes

    8. How Do We Design Simple Systems? - How to Develop a Notation system?

    Mike Hughes

    9. Examples of Notation Systems

    Mike Hughes

    Section III: Current Issues of Performance Analysis

    10. Reliability Issues in Sports Performance Analysis

    Peter O’Donoghue and Mike Hughes

    11. The Statistical Processes of Identifying KPI’s in a Sport Using Basketball as an Example.

    Gábor Csátaljay and Henriette Dancs

    12. Sport Analytics as a Tool for an Effective Decision Making

    Tamás Sterbenz, Kristóf Világi, Gergely Csurilla

    13. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis of Technique

    Arnold Baca and Martin Gröber

    14. Probability Analysis of Sports Contests: Skill and Chance

    Tim McGarry and Alex Dodgshon

    15. Applied Motion Analysis

    Michael T. Hughes

    16. Momentum and ‘Hot Hands’

    Mike Hughes, Nic James, Michael T Hughes, Henriette Dancs and Stafford Murray

    17. Dynamic Systems Theory and ‘Perturbations’

    Matthew Robins and Mike Hughes

    18. Rule Changes in Sport and the Role of Notation

    Jason Williams

    19. Notational Analysis of Coaching Behaviour

    Kenny More, Ewan Cameron and Ian M. Franks

    20. Performance Analysis in Elite Masters Football: Strategic Team and Player Development Implications.

    Harry Hubball and Philippe Lopes

    Section IV: Profiling in Sport with Examples

    21. Performance Profiling

    Henriette Dancs, Mike Hughes, Michael T. Hughes, Nic James, Julia Wells and Stafford Murray

    22. Example of Profiling Techniques: Profiling in Soccer

    Henriette Dancs, Mike Hughes and Nic James

    23. Example of Profiling Techniques: Performance Profiling in Squash

    Mike Hughes, Michael T. Hughes, Nic James, Julia Wells and Stafford Murray

    24. Profiling in Canoeing – A Practical Example

    Julia Wells

    25. Performance Profiling in Rugby Union

    Michael Thomas Hughes, Jason Williams, Nic James and Mike Hughes

    Section V: Careers In Performance Analysis

    26. Accreditation

    Michael T. Hughes, Nic James and Mike D. Hughes

    27. Cooperation between Performance Analysis and Sport Data Analysis?

    Henriette Dancs

    28. References and Bibliography

    Mike Hughes and Ian M. Franks






    Mike Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. He is the founder and now President of ISPAS (International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport); President of the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport Asia; Member of the Coordination Council, and Chair of the Performance Analysis Group for the International Network of Sport and Health Science. He has four International Journal Editorial Board positions. He has published over 200 papers, over 24 books, organised 25 international conferences, and is a frequent keynote speaker. He is also a consultant to NGB’s - for squash, rugby, hockey, soccer and badminton - EIS, PGIR. His accreditations include Level 5 by ISPAS; BASES Accredited ‘Sport and Exercise Scientist’. He is a Level IV squash coach, has coached English and Welsh national squads, and GB University squash squad. He founded the International Journal of Performance Analysis of Sport. His research interests include analysis of sports performance, analysis of coaching behaviour, developing methodologies in notational analysis, modelling of sports performance, dynamic systems and momentum in sport and Performance profiling.

    Ian M. Franks PhD is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. He now specializes in the neural control of skillful movement in his Motor Learning and Control Laboratory at the School of Kinesiology, UBC. Since joining UBC in 1980 he has published over 150 refereed research articles, 22 book chapters and five books in the areas of Sport Analysis, Skill Acquisition and Movement Control.

    Henriette Dancs is a Professor in the Institute of Sport Sciences at Szombathely, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. Professor Dancs has more than 30 years' academic experience involved in wide range of different academic activities in Hungary and in abroad (Founder/Coordinator and now General Secretary of the International Network on Sport and Health Sciences). She has developed and designed courses and also was involved in the organization of a number of international academic projects (e.g. IPPAS 2000- 2003, an international ISPAS courses) and study programs on the field of Performance Analysis in Sport. Her related lecturing subjects are Perfomance Analysis in Sport, Notational Anaylsis, and Project Management.