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big data & IoT Each sport has its own set of statistical markers, which coaches pour over in order to find out where the athletes are excelling and where they’re flagging. History of analytics in sport In January 2017, Steve Bate and other leading figures in sports and sports analytics came together at a high profile event at Manchester Town Hall to discuss analytics in sport. as you train. For me, harnessing instant and accurate data couldn’t have gone better. It helped me get in tune with my body and performance to get everything right on race day, and it helped me walk out of Rio2016 with three Paralympic medals.’ That’s the view of Steve Bate, one of the many British Paralympic and Olympic heroes who can testify to how wearable tech and Big Data analytics is giving them a competitive edge in their sport. In January 2017, Steve Bate and other leading figures in sports and sports analytics came together at a high profile event at Manchester Town Hall to discuss analytics in Few sports are quite as rich in data as Major League Baseball. For the uninitiated, a BA of .321, an SLG of .612 and an RBI of 123 over a season might seem like random numbers. But for the baseball insider fan these, and others, can tell them everything they need to know about a player’s form and potential. Each sport has its own set of statistical markers, which coaches pour over in order to find out where the athletes are excelling and where they’re flagging. Until recently though, these statistics had to be both collected and analysed manually. Athletes would have to train in laboratory conditions, covered in wires. Despite the best technology of the time, this could not accurately replicate competitive field conditions. However, the simultaneous development of both wearable tech and Big Data analytics has driven analytics capture and analysis into the digital age. Wearable technology allows real time collection and transmission of a wealth of performance critical metrics such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory performance, muscle performance and speed. These sport. What was the impact? What difference was it making? And was it taking the ‘soul’ out of sport? June 2017 | 21