Measuring behaviour in elite sport

Organisers: John Kelley, Sheffield Hallam University

Short name (in EasyChair): Elite sport (S11)


Measuring behavior is essential in sport for improving performance, reducing injury risks and establishing appropriate regulations. Behavioural measurements are used to guide athlete preparation, training interventions and inform strategy going into a competition; as well as to assess the impact of changes to equipment. Other aspects of athlete behavior, inside and outside the performance arena, are important for athlete health and injury risk reduction. The design of effective safety equipment and procedures is also reliant on accurate measurement of athlete behavior. Traditionally, measurements were constrained to laboratories and expensive motion capture systems, but the emergence of low-cost wearable sensors and camera systems has helped to facilitate in-field testing.

This symposium presents research from a range of sports and considers the impact that measuring behavior has had on elite sport.