Sports Science: Week in Review, May 1-May 7

“Outliers are everything” says Ted Knutson in the title of his StatsBomb blog post. His point is about how sports analysis gets done. The most useful insights are often found at the edges of data.

What’s true for analysts is not necessarily true for everyone else in sports. Tension between the data-centric analysts and more game-centric colleagues is often a byproduct of their different outlooks. Jordan Rapp points out in LAVA, an endurance- and tri-athletes’ magazine, that information has no advantage without the critical thinking to apply it.

Outliers really are everywhere you look in sports. Sports analytics redefines what’s exceptional in all kinds of ways which exacerbates the situation.

Coaches and teams have their methods reconciling the information they work with. Injury information ranks high on the list of what merits attention.

Science and research has a growing role to play in seeking, then spelling out consensus perspectives.

The Breaking2 project at Nike is an important case of athletic exceptionalism that seeks to rewrite the science of what’s possible. The work involves putting lots of information to use. It also involves developing new disruptive technologies with the potential to shift athletic paradigms.

Of course there are many technologies with the potential to shift paradigms in sports.

More things that I read and liked last week:



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