Sport performance analysis techniques help coaches, athletes and sport scientists develop an objective understanding of actual sport performance, as opposed to self-report, fitness tests or laboratory based experiments. For example, contemporary performance analysis enables elite sports people and coaches to obtain live feedback of match statistics and video sequences using flexible internet systems, systems that have become an indispensible tool for all those involved in high performance sport. The Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis is the most comprehensive guide to this exciting and dynamic branch of sport science ever to be published.
The book explores performance analysis across the four main contexts in which it is commonly used: support for coaches and athletes; the media; judging sport contests, and academic research. It offers an up-to-date account of methodological advances in PA research, assesses the evidence underpinning contemporary theories of sport performance, and reviews developments in applied PA across a wide range of sports, from soccer to track and field athletics. Covering every important aspect of PA, including tactics, strategy, mechanical aspects of technique, physical aspects of performance such as work-rate, coach behaviour and referee behaviour, this is an essential reference for any serious student, researcher or practitioner working in sport performance analysis, sport coaching or high performance sport.
Table of Contents
Introduction Section I: Theoretical Aspects of Sports Performance Analysis 1. Getting on the Right Track: athlete-centred practice for expert performance in sport 2. Using Performance Analysis to Improve Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport 3. The Intending-Perceiving-Acting Cycle in Sports Performance 4. Self-Organisation and Constraints in Sports Performance 5. Sport Competition as a Dynamical Self-Organizing System 6. Dyadic Systems as Dynamic Systems in Team Games 7. Complex Systems in Team Sports Section II: Methods and Evaluation in Sports Performance Analysis 8. Tactical Performance Analysis in Invasion Games 9. Collective Variables for Analysing Performance in Team Sports 10. Performance Indicators in Game Sports 11. Sports Performance Profiling 12. Scoring and Judging Applications Section III: Sports Performance Analysis in Professional Contexts 13. Performance Analysis, Feedback and Communication in Coaching 14. Coach Behaviour 15. Sports Performance Analysis for High Performance Managers 16. Media Applications of Performance Analysis Section IV: Other Issues in Sports Performance Analysis 17. Technical Effectiveness 18. Neural Networks 19. Neural Networks for Analysing Sports Games 20. Tactics and Strategy in Sports Performance 21. Situational Variables 22. From Game Momentum to Criticality of Game Situations 23. Time-Motion Analysis 24. Tactical Creativity 25. Qualitative Aspects in Performance Analysis Section V: Applied Sports Performance Analysis 26. Soccer 27. Rugby 28. Basketball 29. Indoor Volleyball and Beach Volleyball 30. Handball 31. Cricket 32. Racket Sports 33. Combat Sports 34. Target Sports 35. Swimming, Running, Cycling and Triathlon 36. Field Athletics 37. Technical-Compositional Sports Summary
Tim McGarry is an associate professor of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He has published many journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of movement control and sports performance, and serves as an advisory editorial board member on the Journal of Sports Sciences and the International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport.
Peter O’Donoghue is a Reader at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. He is Chair of the International Society of Performance Analysis and General Editor of the International Journal of Performance Analysis of Sport. His research interests include racket sport performance and opposition effects in sports performance.
Jaime Sampaio heads the Team Sports Laboratory at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. He heads several funded research projects, has published more than 50 ISI indexed papers, is on the editorial board of several international journals and is Editor-in-Chief for the Open Sports Sciences Journal.