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Performance Analysis in Applied Contexts

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This paper discusses an approach to performance analysis that is grounded in applied contexts in Australia. This approach is built upon a long term commitment in Australia to understanding and transforming performance in elite sport contexts. What is distinctive about the Australian experience is that it has emerged outside the higher education system. Performance analysts in the institutes and academies of sport have worked closely with their sport programs to deliver ecologically valid support for elite performance. Applied science is 'normal' science in Australian sport. In order to exemplify the applied context of performance analysis in Australia, four examples of projects are presented. The first three come from winter sports. Work underway to gather data in winter sports is also reflected in attempts to analyse performance in canoe slalom. The quest for ecologically valid data is now prioritising field based study notwithstanding the difficulties presented in outdoor water sports. This project is focused on applied contexts. The group working together embodies the possibilities created when staff from a range of disciplined backgrounds come together with a view to servicing and transforming elite performance. Performance analysis is flourishing in Australia and papers in this volume demonstrate the range of work in progress. What is important to stress is that in the arrangements for the servicing of Australian sports in institutes and academies of sport it is possible to build teams of sport scientist who can work together to offer integrating insights into learning and performance.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-12-01

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