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Big Data – revolutionising sport in unexpected ways

6/10/2014 by


You know analytics is serious in sport when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows an interest. Not only does it run a yearly conference on the topic, its boffins are busy figuring out fresh ways to revolutionise sport using Big Data.

“Sports are watched by millions and millions of people - yet, pretty much all of the strategic decisions are made by humans in a split second. These decisions could definitely be enhanced by learning from past data, but humans can’t keep large databases in their heads. I wanted to build predictive analytics tools to help teams make these decisions,” Cynthia Rudin, associate professor of statistics at MIT, tells the Guardian.

Rudin believes Big Data analytics can help in various ways, from tweaking training plans to determining patterns about competitors. “If we know, for instance, that in certain circumstances, a particular coach on the opposition team tends to make a particular decision, then we can be ready for it,” she adds. “Another example - we can place sensors all over a car while it is in training for a race, and use the sensor data to help a driver learn how to race better.”

The ever-growing world of Big Data has already permeated the sporting arena in surprising ways. Player health and safety, for instance, is one increasingly attractive use case. “Particularly in high injury sports, you think about the health of player, how we can use data and analytics to look after their bodies,” Martin Houghton, managing partner from HP’s analytics and data management division in EMEA.

Just look to the high impact, rough game of rugby, where players are being saved from long-lasting physical damage thanks to predictive analytics technology. Pro players across the globe have been fitted with sensors to measure and monitor intensity levels, collisions and fatigue to help predict their limit and injury risk. From all this information, coaches can determine how to alter players’ training schedules. Psychological data can also be collected to explore how psyches can affect performance.

American sports continue to benefit from Big Data in myriad ways. The Oakland A’s baseball team famously used analytics to make strides in Major League Baseball, as captured in the 2011 film Moneyball, whilst NBA basketball teams are now investing heavily in the necessary technologies and expertise to gain an advantage over others.

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