Improving performance. Lessons from US sport


Following on from our discussion yesterday about adopting one or two of the techniques the enormously successful GB Olympic cycling team there are other areas where a technical advantage can be sought.

Football is awash with metrics these days.  Clubs know things about their players they never even wondered about 10 years ago, leading to more informed decisions.  It is probably no exaggeration to suggest that a club like Celtic will have some information on thousands of players.  At the top level, much of this information will be fresh in the minds of coaches and scouts, and will easily be recorded on a database, but scouting permeates through youth football.  Acquiring and assimilating information on the many hundreds of players on view each month is an information challenge.

The US sports were early to get on top of this problem.  SportsBoard is a iPad-based data capture and management app which enables coaches and scouts to record information on players (their own players and others) as they watch the game.  Data is uploaded from the iPad to a cloud-based database.  Information and comment on each player or opposing team can then easily be analysed.

The alternative would be to scour through unstructured notes without any way of controlling the up-flow of information.

The app has also been used to provide instant metrics to first team squads.  Players can get home from training, login and see how their performance was rated that day, allowing them to adjust their own target for the next session.  I spoke to the designer, Gregg Jacobs, who has received a ton of media coverage in the US over the last two years.  He told me this was about providing “more meaningful feedback”.   Take a look at the Assessment and Contact Management features, which has screenshots of the ‘soccer’ app.

So this week we’ve covered orthopaedic pillows on tour and leg heaters from the GB cycling team, as well as a scouting management and instant metrics system from US sports, all low-cost and designed to reduce risk and improve performance.

Should we do it?
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  1. saltires en sevilla on



    16:48 on


    21 January, 2013



    they certainly are – lower than a snakes belly



    but how does that link to deniabhoys post ?

  2. Sipsini



    Its been 13 years since i worked a manual lathe . Same with cnc.



    We always said the skillbase would be diluted .. and there would always be a need for conventional machines

  3. ‘GG


    17:38 on


    21 January, 2013



    Some USA MSM networks trashed Obama’s Presidential address yesterday……………………



    I think thats perfectly reasonable to assert some MSM in USA are hostile to trash his speech before he had actually spoken

  4. 16 roads - Neil Lennon walks on water. on

    PeterScarff – That is the question that should be asked.



    Watt is an out-and-out striker,so it would be foolish to compare him with those two.



    Are they better than Forrest or McGeouch?



    Don’t know.Dylan doesn’t seem to be getting a look-in for some reason,Jamie has been injured a lot,just like Mackay Steven has.



    I would say this though – Russell and Mackay Steven are performing well in a team full of average footballers – if they were playing in a Celtic team,with better footballers,then surely they would both excel?



    There is no way either of them would walk straight into our team,they would have to earn their place,and there is no point buying players that have no hope of getting a game.



    It’s a tough call.

  5. A look at the new bhoy



    Neil Lennon‏@OfficialNeil



    Antony Stokes and Rami Gershon are playing for the U20 team at Firhill at 7 tonight..if anyone wants to go along and brave the cold

  6. Auldheid 1723



    We can only hope then that the nettle is grasped, the alternative is not palatable at all, certainly to me and no doubt to many others. My season ticket renewal depends on fair play, I have just about had it with inequality and favouritism all-round. It would be a bitter pill after 50 years of supporting Celtic man and bhoy, but there comes a time when action speaks louder than words. If the Board cannot see the wood for the trees, then there will nothing left other than lip service. That is not for me. But I live in hope anyway.



    BTW, we should definitely sign Johnny Russell whether or not Hooper leaves in Jan or the summer (imho) – a ready made replacement.




  7. !!Bada Bing!! 17:15


    BSR-Was that Rogic doing the dribblingexercise?






    It sure was mhate.


    The bhoy has glue on his boots. :)





    /Bishop B

  8. saltires en sevilla on

    Big Efe’s Nigeria about to kick -off ve Burkino Faso ITV4



    Emineke of Spartak also playing

  9. lionroars67 17:49 on 21 January, 2013


    The agencies get a copy of speeches prior to event and if the main media outlets are trashing it, the contents must be really poor.


    I suspect that most of the USA were more focused on sporting events yesterday. It was a full day with the Djokevic marathon, the Spurs late equalizer then NFL Conference games.


    Nobody is focused on the real,issues which will soon catch up with us.


    The erosion of religious liberties, the spiraling debt, endemic unemployment, the growth of cronyism and the centralization of power.


    I am sure other people will have other different fears for the coming four years.

  10. Cheeky commentator on German Eurosport just said most of the Nigeria team apart from Obe Mikel play for “smaller European clubs”.

  11. Valentine's Day on




    Spent some time in US over the last few year’s


    seemed to me he had most of msm on side


    apart from Fox news.




    The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie



    I have to disagree with you as I do on most things political pal.

  12. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. The Singing Detective



    Hiya, Pally?



    Bin oot..no Ah Am In.




    Yep.. Russell n Stevens, are two young Promisers..



    Nae question..






    If Ah wiz .. Pierre…AND.. no his.. well… we wullnae speak ABOOT… that..



    Ah wid .. Plump, fur..



    The Real McKay.. or.. is it… no the Real , MACKAY..??



    Anywey, this Lad is an Up n Comer… no yer a Promiser..



    but.. He wull be sooner than ye think,



    Yep, This Youngster wid be Ma Next Pick .. tae leave..the Sticks.. fur the Big TIME.



    Noo..Speaking o’ Possible Targets..



    Ah see the Mjallby, said that in the event the Hoops wid Go..


    this Windae..



    Celtic,wid Re new thur interest in the Chappie.



    Formerly Known as.



    The Goal Hungry Brickie ..fae. Hungerford..



    Ah wid welcome.. Chic.. wi.. Glee.. Gleee…



    fur ye See..



    Celtic were interested in Him.. when he played fur Swindon..



    AFORE.. we WRested Hoops.., fae. Obscuriteeeee…



    In fact, Ah remember collie writing, AT THE TIME..



    ‘Fiddle-Fiddle-De-Dee.. A Bountiful Goal Scorer is . He..’



    Yep ..and collie ,also penned..



    “At Six Foot Two.. Wi’ Eyes .So Blue.



    He wull score.. a Goal or Two.”



    and No HE wull



    Fur, this ..noo. Champagne Charlie..



    Kin.. Soitenly Rattle.. the Riggin”



    He is Always .. the Leader in Goal Scoring.. wherever he goes..



    and noo. at Swindon.. he is soitenly carrying oan his this attractive tradition .



    He is Top of his Divisional Goal Scoring Chart.






    Let Hoops,noo, go.. Let it be So..






    Char le Magne .. wull soon mak us











    Yer pal.. who likes ye ALOATER.



    Still.. Laughin

  13. Embdae know if the LB playing in Israel,who said he was signing for us,is playing in African tourney ?

  14. overseasbhoy



    15:39 on 21 January, 2013



    why would you want to go to Norwich?



    Good deals on turkeys and turnips apparently. Not sure Gary’s partial to either to be honest!



    Oy caahnt read, oy caahnt wroyte, but oy can droive a tractah’ – AAAHHHGGGHHH!!! Uttered with long piece of straw in the gob – and you’ve got it in an East Anglian nutshell.

  15. My Dear,Dear Kojo….



    Celtic Had Previously Pursued Charlie Austin…..



    When He Was With Swindon……



    But He Opted Tae Join Burnley…..



    Who Were Then Relegated Tae The Championship….



    However,Austin Got A Bad Injury…..



    And Missed Maist Of The First Season For Them….



    By The Way……



    D’Ye Realize That Balotelli..L’Enfant Terrible…..



    Wiz Under Mancini At Milan…..



    Afore The Latter Took The Reins ….



    At Wahhabi-Funded Manchester City..?

  16. Someone was asking about CQN demographics last week. We’re working on a new media pack for the mag and we’ve been looking at where the readers come from. Taking the American continent, in the past 30 days – CQN has had a readership of 28,377 and these come from the following countries:



    Canada – 9553


    USA – 18,348


    Mexico – 170


    Venezuela -39


    Ecuador – 2


    Honduras -1


    Guatemala – 3


    Costa Rica – 24


    Peru – 8


    Bolivia – 30


    Chile -13


    Argentina – 21


    Brazil – 193


    Haiti -2


    Dominican Republic -10



    Trivia but fascinating. Celtic fans everywhere!



    In the middle east – there is ONE CQNer in Iran!

  17. Scottmcauley 15.38



    Was my post the other day , the inspiration for your blog name?




  18. Tuesday Gal..



    Jist done tole me.. that



    Charlie, noo plays fur..









    Sorry aboot, that.. C.B. Ready, when You Are.






    Still.. laughin’

  19. My boss is Peter Principle on

    A few more good American TV series





    The Newsroom





    Just watched Django Unchained – excellent

  20. Valentine's Day on

    !!Bada Bing!!


    18:24 on


    21 January, 2013


    valentine’s day-Villa even money HT/FT v Bradford tomorrow



    Sorry pal…….. prefer my even money shot


    good luck anyway.