Monitoring team sport athletes using global positioning system technology

Twist, Craig and Waldron, Mark and Worsfold, Paul and Gabbett, Tim J. (2013) Monitoring team sport athletes using global positioning system technology. In: Global positioning systems: signal structure, applications and sources of error and biases. Engineering tools, techniques and tables. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, pp. 95-113. ISBN 9781628080223


Video-based time-motion analysis has commonly been used to study the physical demands of team sports. However, the time- and labour-intensive nature of this analysis makes it quite prohibitive for use in the high performance sporting environment. In contrast, global positioning systems (GPS) use freely available satellite technology to construct the geographical location and movements of an individual. Further integration with various Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and heart rate telemetry enables sport scientists to quantify the internal and external loading imposed upon team sport players during training and competition. Consequently, the application of GPS technology in the context of team sport has overcome many of the previous limitations with video-based time-motion analysis and substantially extended the role of the sport scientist in the high performance sport environment. However, the validity and reliability of GPS systems when assessing movement demands of team sports are influenced by several factors, including the movement speed, the distance covered, the movement path of the individual and GPS reception due to the surrounding environment. In addition, the sampling frequency of the GPS, its position on the individual and the GPS model used seem to influence the consistency and accuracy of the data produced. Accordingly, this review will consider the measurement issues when using GPS micro-technology in team sports. This chapter aims to evaluate the application of GPS technology as a tool for monitoring the preparation, performance and recovery of team sports athletes, providing critical comment on its utility in the high-performance sporting environment.

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Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 01:42
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 01:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: GPS; injury prevention; micro-sensors; micro-technology; performance; reliability; validity
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified

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