Big data & sport
By Craig Robson
23rd June 2017

The sporting industry is rapidly growing.  For teams to stay ahead of the game they need to use big data analytics to understand the team and the individual player’s performance. Teams and sports, especially in football, across the world are integrating new technologies into their games and training to have a better performance, and stay one step ahead of the competition.

Camera Sensors

Many football teams, particularly in the Premier League, are using cameras and sensors on the pitch to understand how the players behave on the field. The data they can collect from the sensor can allow the managers and analysts to pin point how each player interacts with the ball and each other. One system allows the team to track 10 data points per second of game play, which equates to 1.4 million per game! By analysing this data, teams can increase the accuracy of their game and can allow them to have a better overall performance.

The players can also have access to their own individual performance so they can analyse how they play and where they may need to improve. If they have had a bad game they can go back to the data and see what went wrong and what skills they need to focus on before the next match.

Wearable technology

Wearables are one piece of technology that is quickly being adapted and utilised by sport, especially high-contact games like rugby. The wearable technology is helping these sports to lower injury rate and increase performance at the same time. The data it provides can show how intense a game is and if a player is in danger of wearing themselves out or even injuring themselves. This data coupled with historic data can, similar to cameras, show where a player’s strengths and weaknesses lie.

Finding the right player

Other tools, such as Tableau, can allow managers and scouts to analyse players to find out where each player fits in the team. It can analyse how they play and how the performance has improved, or not, over time. This data can be accessed in real-time which can allow the managers to make better and faster decisions mid-game.

It’s clear that big data and analytics is changing the way sport is played. It’s allowing teams to improve their performance and can allow for better competition. I’m interested to see where else sporting teams can integrate technology into the game to allow for even better analysis.

Do you think technology and big data is improving the game? How else do you think sporting teams can use big data? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below

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