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Performance Analysis in Sport

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One of the most prominent areas within Sport Science in the last decade has been performance analysis. This area is attaining great interest for a range of stakeholders within sport (i.e., coaches, technical staff, performance analysts, media, fans and players) with innovative research requiring ...

One of the most prominent areas within Sport Science in the last decade has been performance analysis. This area is attaining great interest for a range of stakeholders within sport (i.e., coaches, technical staff, performance analysts, media, fans and players) with innovative research requiring attention.

This Research Topic will concentrate on the analysis of teams’ and players’ performance, and their practical applications. The evolution of this discipline from static analyses (e.g. final data from matches or competitions) to dynamic and complex analyses (e.g. the study of sport, match and task complexity) has enabled a greater understanding of sports, training processes, control of competition and the performers.

The present Research Topic offers an opportunity for the scientific discussion of performance in team, dual or individual, and less studied sports (e.g. padel, rugby 7, beach soccer, etc.) in terms of psychological, pedagogical and training approaches. An important feature of this Research Topic will be the consideration of sex as a relevant issue with the analysis of female sport crucial to improve the development of female orientated performance during training and competition. Further, the use of new technologies and sport analytics, and management of big data, has provided researchers with more evidence of athletes’ performance with a greater practical applications needed for coaches and athletes.

The aim of this Research Topic is to collate applied research from experts within the field of performance analysis in sport. Therefore, we call upon all researchers to submit their work on any of the following topics:

• Performance analysis in female sports.
• Sport analytics and big data applied to performance analysis in sport.
• New technologies measuring and analysing sport performance.
• Non-linear approaches in sport performance.
• The importance of reliability and validity of data measurement in performance analysis in sport.
• The use of performance indicators in sport.
• Performance profiling techniques in sport.
• The impact of contextual variables in sport.
• Measurement and analysis of physical, technical and tactical behaviours in sport.
• Tactics and positional data for performance analysis in sport.
• Influences of physical, emotional or psychological stress on sport performance.
• The role of the coach on player and team performances.
• Performance analysis of referees/officials in sports.
• Impact of referee/official’s performance on team/athlete behaviours.

Research of an empirical nature, qualitative, quantitative or mixed analyses, and case studies involving elite athletes will be considered. Longitudinal or cross-sectional studies that track season by season performances or differences among countries/continents/cultures will also be considered. Submission of other performance analysis in sport topics are also welcomed and encouraged to be discussed with the Editors.


Keywords: notational analysis, tactics, technique, match analysis, player’s tracking, player’s/team’s performance


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13 January 2019 Manuscript
20 February 2019 Manuscript Extension

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20 February 2019 Manuscript Extension

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