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    The 2012 World Congress on Performance Analysis in Sport

    11,21,21 Will G Hopkins, Rita M Malcata, Sian V Allen, Kirsten N Spencer

    Sportscience 16, 32-37, 2012 (sportsci.org/2012/WCPAS.htm)

    1 Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Millennium Campus, AUT University, Auckland, NZ; Email. 2 High Performance Sport New Zealand, Millennium Campus, AUT University, Auckland, NZ. Reviewers: Peter O'Donoghue, Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK; Nic James, London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, UK.

    This biennial boutique conference at the University of Worcester in England

    was outstanding value for the growing cadre of sport-performance analysts,

    although there were few definitive experimental studies. Keynotes: media

    channels; top soccer analysts; movement patterns in AFL; 400-m hurdles.

    Noteworthy Methodologies: automatic tracking and analysis; barcode scanning

    for real-time analysis; luck- and error-free performance measure; summing

    performance indicators. Basketball: performance rates; space creation; defen-

    sive plays; automatic tracking; iPad app; critical episodes; entropy in game

    scores. Combat Sports: trunk protector in taekwondo; real-time coding in judo;

    punches and judging errors in boxing; movements in fencing. Equestrian: body

    build and fitness; split times; motivation; saddle design; Pilates. Handball: time-

    outs; game stats; movements; actions; fitness; skills; referees' accuracy and

    movements. Racket Sports: serves, groundstrokes, set victories and intensity

    in tennis; affect in badminton; strokes and footwork in table tennis; movements

    in Padel; intensity and rule changes in squash; analysis in "real" tennis. Rugby:

    movements; turnovers; tackling; positional profiles; rucks; actions; kicks;

    scrums; tries. Soccer: environmental effects; home advantage; normative pro-

    files; spatial-temporal relationships; offensive actions and plays; releasing

    players; goals; kicks; small-sided games; barcode scanning; goal keepers'

    actions and training; coach behaviors and effectiveness; role of analysis; ca-

    reer achievements; plays causing injuries Volleyball: setters' actions; defensive

    actions; attack tempo; serves; attack areas and winning teams in beach volley-

    ball; training. Other Individual Sports: strength in shot-put; movements in

    rhythmic gymnastics; pack size in triathlon; body sway in biathlon; environment

    in rowing; neural-net modeling of javelin; scoring system in trampoline; a golf

    coach-analyst; shot difficulty in golf; helper riders in Tour de France; analysis

    needs in canoe/kayak. Other Team Sports: actions, plays and efficacy of anal-

    ysis in netball; movements and decision-making in AFL; skills in Gaelic football;

    actions and batting in cricket; intensities and actions in ice hockey; playing time

    in water polo. Sports Medicine and Science: biomechanics of ACL injury; fati-

    gue in biathletes; academic performance and sport. KEYWORDS: competition,

    information technology, elite athletes, kinematics, kinetics, talent identification,

    tests, training.

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    The archetypal English country township of where you now find many worshippers, and Worcester was the venue for this biennial con-some of us make our lives meaningful by ana-ference of the International Society of Perfor-lyzing sport performance.

    mance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS). The day Derek Peters and his team from the Universi-

    before the conference started, three of us had ty of Worcester provided a conference venue the good fortune to wander into Worcester ca-and logistics that were exceptional value for thedral in time for choral evensonga moving money, while two key members of ISPAS, experience made even more poignant by the Peter O'Donoghue and Nic James, organized almost complete absence of a congregation. The and ran the scientific show with aplomb. We zeitgeist moves on, the cathedral of sport is look forward to the next conference in 2014,

     Sportscience 16, 32-37, 2012

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    wherever it might be. Any sport scientist inter-formation technology was the main message in ested in performance analysis (aren't we all?) Tony Kirkbride's enthralling keynote on media

    should join the society to keep up with devel-channels for performance analysis. Real-time opments. Visit the ISPAS website for more. or near real-time competition data of some In the summaries below, we have included high-profile sports events are available free, but presentations only if there was a measure of high-quality data feeds require subscriptions performance or other data or insights relevant to with providers such as Opta. At the level of the science or practice of performance analysis. your own athlete or team, real-time interactivity We have used the word movements to mean between analyst, coach and athlete is also be-distances covered or speeds of athletes that can coming a reality in what Tony called Martini-II. be quantified from videos, accelerometers or Barry Drust and Andy Scoulding provided global-positioning satellite (GPS) devices, insights into performance analysis in two top

    while actions and plays refer to events or strat-soccer teams of the English premier league. egies that require coding of a live or recorded he role of performance analyst has evolved T

    video data stream by an analyst. from that of simple match reporter to an indis-Alas, the keynote presentations did not have pensable source of information on monitoring abstracts, so we have summarized only those of training, pre- and post-match analyses, and we could attend. We have also provided para-scouting for new players. The purpose of train-graph summaries of a few noteworthy generic ing monitoring is load management, providing methodological developments, but otherwise useful information for coach and strength and only the sport and the relevant aspect of per-conditioning staff. Pre- and post-match analyses formance are listed under relevant headingsrely on the quality of information and delivery. you will have to read the abstracts to get the Piero, OPTA, Prozone, Amisco are some of the findings. Download the book of abstracts and analysis tools in current use. Scouting for play-use the advanced search form in Acrobat (Ctrl-ers has been made easier with players' profiling. Shift-F) to find the abstract via the podium Current challenges (and opportunities for up-number (e.g., POD 1.1) or poster number (e.g., coming analysts): how to extract relevant in-POST 1.1.1). The abstracts are sometimes in a formation from the deluge of data now availa-foreign form of English that limits their utility. ble, and how to integrate it into day-to-day Some research presentations at the confe-practice.

    rence could be described as "games I have Brian Dawson's keynote on movement pat-

    coded". Up to a point that's acceptable: this terns in team sports drew on his experience conference is partly a professional workshop with Australian-rules football (AFL). The

    providing performance analysts with a valuable data from GPS devices have established rela-opportunity to share and reflect on their expe-tionships between training/game loads and riences. But it was disappointing that the de-injury risk and have helped make training ses-signs of the original-research studies were al-sions more specific to demands of the game, but most all descriptive: we could find only a hand-relationships between measures of movement ful of studies involving an experimental mani-and competition performance are at best poor. pulation in which a performance measure was a Wynford Leyshon delivered a coach perspec-moderator, mediator or outcome variable (POD tive for his keynote on the use of performance

    15.2, 16.4, 16.5; POST 1.1.5, 2.1.5), and all but analysis in international 400-m hurdles. He

    one was a time series rather than more defini-used a case study of a London Olympian to tive crossovers or parallel-groups controlled demonstrate how analysts can best present race trials. Maybe such high-quality research is hap-analysis data in order to help and engage pening but is too valuable to present at confe-