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    An overview of emerging theories, skills and techniques for analysing individual as well as group/team performance.

    A mixed analytical approach, using qualitative and quantitative methods, to evaluating and improving performance in sport and exercise.

    This paper takes an in-depth look at the patterns of motion that arise in sport performance. Building on some of the knowledge gained in 100- and 200-level, 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). This paper may be used to count toward a Level 1 Performance Analysis Accreditation with the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (also see SPEX316 Performance Analysis placement options).

    About this paper

    Paper title Performance Analysis
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHSE 202 or SPEX 201
    PHSE 302, PHSE 502
    Schedule C

    Suitable for students interested in sports biomechanics, performance analysis, sport coaching or sports science consultancy.


    Teaching staff

    Course Coordinator: 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.

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper consists of two 50-minute lectures per week and a total of four 3-hour labs.
    The laboratory assignments contribute to 60% of the overall mark and the final exam is worth 40% of the overall mark.


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

    Hughes, M., Franks, I. M., & Dancs, H. (2019). Essentials of performance analysis in sport (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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 and quantitatively assess sports performance
    • Generate reports for expert audiences, such as coaches, sporting bodies or academic journals


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 11, 15, 17, 19
    A2 Monday 14:00-16:50 12, 16, 18, 20
    A3 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 11, 15, 17, 19
    A4 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 12, 16, 18, 20
    A5 Friday 14:00-16:50 11, 15, 17, 19
    A6 Friday 14:00-16:50 12, 16, 18, 20
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