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Analysis Of Sports Performance

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tom palmer

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Analysis Of Sports Performance
Task - Kroos Control
What makes a top class midfielder?
The purpose of analysis
Analysis is performed at a range of levels from beginners through to elite athletes', however, the reasons for analysis being performed varies greatly within different groups of athletes. For example, in cricket, analysis and feedback at a beginner level maybe aimed at aiding a young beginner to catch a ball correctly. In contrast at an elite level, analysis may focus on slip catching in cricket with the ball travelling at different speeds and heights to challenge the athlete.
Task - Purposes of Analysis
Performance Profiling
Over the past few years, Performance Profiling has become a new tool in the athlete & coach's armoury.

Performance Profiling has three major purposes:

To aid in identifying an appropriate intervention
To maximise the athlete's motivation and adherence to the program
To monitor any changes over time

The table below provides an example of these calculations for part of an athlete's performance profile:
Session Objectives
1. Understand the purpose for analysis.

2. Know and be able to use a performance profile for a sporting activity.

3. Be able to understand and analyse sporting performance using performance profiling and notational analysis to assess strengths and areas for improvement.
The former Bayern Munich star adds a tremendous amount of depth in the midfield for Madrid and gives coach Carlo Ancelotti a diverse array of tactical options for the club.

Kroos helps Ancelotti in his quest to give Madrid's ball retention. While he was always known as a firm attacker with Bayern Munich prior to the arrival of Pep Guardiola, his game took on a new dimension under the Catalan trainer. Guardiola, who was the man responsible for the Barcelona ascendency, sought to bring the same style of play to the German champions. In order to get the team to function like Barcelona, Guardiola needed a player that could fill Xavi's role as the midfield general. He needed a man with terrific passing abilities who can find the lanes to facilitate the attackers.

That man became Kroos. The German not only found his way deeper in the midfield, but was able to utilize his intelligence to establish Munich's tremendous passing game. According to WhoScored, he had a 91.9 passing success rate in 29 Bundesliga matches and a whopping 94.2 passing success rate in 12 Champions League ties. At the World Cup, his passing success rate was a tremendous 89.9 percent success rate in just seven games; he averaged about 86.4 passes per game at the World Cup and also made over 70 passes per game in the Bundesliga. Xabi Alonso was Madrid's most frequent passer in 2013-14 and he averaged about 65.6 passes per game throughout the year.

Clearly Kroos enable’s the side to play a more stringent possession game whenever it is necessary. But as shown by the Germans at the World Cup, he is also adept at playing up the pitch with speed and directness.
But another important facet of Kroos' game is his ability to play deep in the midfield as a defensive player. His possession play allows him to set up the play from deep and this is where Ancelotti truly gets his depth. Last season, the Italian played a 4-3-3 system with Alonso, Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria as his middle trio. Modric and Alonso would hang deep while Di Maria would be higher up the pitch as more of an attacker. The arrival of James Rodriguez potentially poses an issue here for Ancelotti as the Colombian is an attacking player through and through. Kroos could potentially hang back with Modric to allow Rodriguez to play in the hole behind the attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Through his versatility Kroos could turn out to be the greatest of all the ‘Galactico’ signings.

The first step is for the coach to introduce to the athlete the idea of Performance Profiling and how it can help to direct training to areas of specific need.

This process can be aided by a sense of mutual trust, and it should be made clear that any information gained about the athlete will remain strictly confidential.

Coaches should stress that there are no right or wrong answers involved in the process but that honest appraisal will facilitate a more productive outcome.

The athlete becomes actively involved in this step of the process, and the following question should be directed to the athlete:

What in your opinion are the fundamental qualities or characteristics of an elite athlete in your sport/event?


Spend five to ten minutes listing the qualities or characteristics that the athlete you feel are important to your position. If an athlete finds this difficult, the coach can use prompts, but it is for the athlete to decide on what characteristics are chosen. In this step, the athlete should try to identify 15 to 20 characteristics through technical, tactical, physical and psychological areas specific to their sport and/or position played.

The next step is for the athlete to rate each of the identified characteristics:

1. On a scale of zero (not at all important) to 10 (extremely important), the athlete rates the perceived importance of each characteristic for an elite performer in their particular sport/event.

2. The athlete uses the same zero to 10 scale to rate their current perception of themselves in relation to an ideal state of 10.

3. A calculation is then carried out to determine the 'Discrepancy' value.

The higher discrepancies indicate areas that may need to be addressed through training or other intervention.

For this particular athlete refocusing after errors and concentration are key concerns that could be addressed.

Reassessment should always relate to the same characteristics identified in the initial profiling process and be conducted every four to eight weeks

Working towards:
Analysing own performance
to develop technical, tactical, physical and psychological areas
Can you name any other purposes of analysis?
The new 'Galactico'
Analysing performance
Notational Analysis
The collection of data either by using a computer or by hand. This process normally involves counting the frequency of an event, such as a shot on target.

Tally Charts
Tally charts are a useful tool when observing sporting performance. The tally chart may include simply counting performance factors such as:

Shots on goal
Shots on target
Passes made
Successful passes made
Tackles made
Successful tackles made

'There isn't a better player of his mould in the world'

'He's one of those I aspire to'
'He is my favourite player'
'He's different to anything else'
'He is simply the best'
'I admire him a huge amount, to me he's a role model'
'In the last 15-20 years he is the best midefielder I have seen, the most complete'
'He would have been one of my first choices for putting a great team together'
'He's the best midfielder of his generation, I would've loved to have played alongside him'
'I'd like to pass like him, who taught him how to do that?'
'What a player, top class, a great role model for any young player'
'His technique is unique'
'He's an inspiration'
'If he was playing with me I would've scored so many more'
805 games
749 goals
Using gamebreaker software produce a checklist that could be used to assess and demonstrate the technical, tactical, physical and Psychological abilities of a performer during a football match.

Technical: eg Passes, completed, incomplete, short, long etc

Tactical: eg set plays, creativity, holding position etc

Psychological: eg motivation and determination, composure, concentration etc

Physical: eg Pace/speed/acceleration, balance, endurance, work rate, agility etc

Notational Analysis Task: Gamebreaker
Sharing good practice
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