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Biomechanical data in sport: All models are wrong, but some are useful – Free webinar

Biomechanical data in sport Paul Barratt webinar

On Wednesday 5th December 2018. We were joined by Head of Performance Support for the Great Britain Cycling Team Dr Paul Barratt. He presented a free webinar on biomechanical data titled All models are wrong, but some are useful: How biomechanical data can support decision-making in performance sport.

Recorded on: Wednesday 5th December 2018

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Biomechanical data

Supporting athletes to be faster, higher or stronger is a complicated problem with multiple hypotheses for each performance question. Biomechanical and performance data can be used to help athletes and coaches navigate these problems using an evidence-based approach.

This webinar will explore the different types of data that can underpin this approach (observational, experimental, simulation) and discuss how these can be used to understand sports performance and ultimately support data-driven decision-making.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the different data types that can be used for decision making
  • Describe the pros and cons of each type of data
  • Describe the principle of an evidence-based approach, and the potential pitfalls of using it in a real-life setting

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Presenter Profile

Paul Barrett Biomechanical data in sportDr Paul Barratt is the Head of Performance Support for the Great Britain Cycling Team, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers aiming to find performance gains through the application of science and technology. Prior to this, he spent 10 years working as the team’s Biomechanist, evolving the Biomechanics service from nothing into an innovative, comprehensive applied support programme delivering significant performance impact across multiple cycling disciplines. Alongside his work in cycling. Paul also has experience of a number of Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports including bob skeleton, water polo and squash.

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Future and previous BASES webinars

This webinar is in association with The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

All previous Human Kinetics and BASES webinars are available for playback. To view them you must sign in or create an account. For information on all Human Kinetics webinars past and present, read our post – Human Kinetics and BASES Webinars – Everything you need to know.

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