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PHSE502 Movement and Performance Analysis in Sport

A mainly (but not entirely) qualitative approach to evaluating and improving sports performance using biomechanics and performance analysis, with a strong focus on intra- and inter-performer movement coordination.

This paper takes an in-depth look at the patterns of motion that arise in sport performance. Building on some of the knowledge gained from PHSE 102 and PHSE 202, movement and coordination patterns, at the biomechanical level, will be covered in greater detail. Analytical tools such as angle-angle diagrams, phase planes, relative phase and neural networks will be explored, with an emphasis on their qualitative interpretation. Students will be introduced to sports performance analysis and, specifically, to notating core elements of sports matches, methods for recording match events and the technology used to track player movements.

Time will also be spent considering current theoretical backgrounds related to coordination at the biomechanical level, as well as at higher levels (i.e. coordination between individuals). Combined with skills gained from other papers in the programme, some students may go on to work as performance analysts for individuals or local sports clubs, while others may continue on to postgraduate research in sports biomechanics or work on more theoretical exercises, such as modelling the complexity in sports performance. Greater emphasis will be put on the final written report in this paper compared to its 300-level version.

Paper title Movement and Performance Analysis in Sport
Paper code PHSE502
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 202
PHSE 302
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Suitable for students interested in sports biomechanics, performance analysis, sport coaching or sports science consultancy
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Peter Lamb
Paper Structure
The paper is broadly divided into two main categories: sports biomechanics and performance analysis. Under sports biomechanics, biomechanical principles and performance models will be reviewed, and new approaches to investigating coordination and movement variability will be introduced. Topics covered within performance analysis include notational analysis, key performance indicators and player tracking technology.
Bartlett, R. (2014). Introduction to sports biomechanics: Analysing human movement patterns. London: Routledge.

Bartlett, R., & Bussey, M. (2012). Sports biomechanics: Reducing injury risk and improving sports performance. London: Routledge.

Hughes, M., & Franks, I. (2015). The essentials of performance analysis. London: Routledge.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this paper will be able to:
  • Think in-depth about the patterns of movement that underlie successful sports performance
  • Qualitatively assess sports performance
  • Generate reports for expert audiences, such as coaches, sporting bodies or academic journals

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10-11, 15, 18
P2 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10-11, 15, 18