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. Lisb\o/nbhoy who thinks Neil Lenn('0')n is a legend on

    Celtic Football Club‏@celticfc



    33. Goal for Celtic! Paul George with a screamer! 1-1

  2. ‘gg @ 18:44



    Mohamed Benouza, Algerian referee



    Is an anagram of



    Hun zoo regieme are mad, ban Efe earle



    coincidence? I think not



    Especially since he’s just been sent off :/

  3. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Dont know if Efe is just unfamiliar at right back – but hes looked a bit poor all night

  4. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    Remarked earlier to my boy that you get the impression that its a bunch of guys who’ve met their mates for a kick about…

  5. Efe was the only Celtic player who was a bit undisciplined in the home game against Barca when he gave a daft free kick away on the edge of our penalty area. A good thing too. It led to the Tony Watt goal.

  6. Palacio67



    The only one I would add to your list of TV shows is Justified. It has just started its 4th season and is my favorite. It has a lot of comedic value if you view the HillyBillys as been huns :)



    There is a new series starting today call The Following. The trailers look good.



    Hail Hail

  7. so hooper still no signed new contract, first lenny’s comments, now johan (groundwork, prep done) now for the sale. yet some think he’s no off



    lets get wee j. russell in as soon hooper goes



    hail hail

  8. channelislandcelt


    19:26 on


    21 January, 2013


    stringer bell



    stokes and gershon playing…..7/5 with hills. Their website showing 87% possession mwell.



    Blind faith playing a part …….£20 on da hoops




    Had the same blind faith £20 @ 500/1 for the big cup….





    Telewest 118 itv4 good,picture goes(every other station fine) bad ,text saying efe off, will stick to blog updates

  10. Switched on snyde.



    Tfdj just commenting on how thems need two centre backs.


    “As long as they can tackle, no need for them to be able to pass a ball”.


    Couldnt believe walker didn’t challenge him on it….then again..bread being buttered and a doff of the cap.its off now.

  11. winning captains



    If you get a chance would you contact me regarding the CQN annual I ordered via Amazon before Christmas that never arrived (email: dublinbhoy@live.com)


    If you are not the person dealing with these inquiries let me know the email of who I should talk to.



    Thanks in advance.



    Hail Hail

  12. No Ibrahim for Nigeria? What are they thinking about.



    How couldn’t they pick him when he says stuff like this



    The 21-year-old said: “I’m a creative player; very stylish and very confident. I’m an amazing player, so I have a lot to offer.”



    Yeah right

  13. channelislandcelt on




    Great bet ! When we triumph at wembley blind faith shall transform to blind drunk :0)




  14. Palacio67



    Sons of Anarchy is an excellent series,was put onto it by my kids a few years back,



    Dexter,..one of the best.



    Also pleasantly surprised by House,..Hugh Laurie is excellent in the lead role.



    If you like war series’ you’ll be hard pushed to beat Band Of Brothers.

  15. channelislandcelt



    A few weeks after the bet was placed I moved to within 15 mins of Wembley, (on a boat), meant to be mibbees…..

  16. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Palacio67 – I really liked an American cop show called Boomtown, but I think they pulled the plug after the second series.




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