Performance Analysis in Irish Sport is Growing

New colloborative research from the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI), Coaching Ireland, and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB), has highlighted the growing prevalence and use of performance analysis (PA) in Irish Sport across all levels.

The research found that 51% of coaches (level 1 and above) use performance analysis with higher adoption among the more experienced/qualified coaches.


Coaches not using performance analysis

When coaches were asked why they did not use PA, 26% felt they did not know enough about the area to use it effectively, while 30% said they could not afford it. 21% of coaches thought their athletes were not competing at an appropriate level. However, 88% of coaches who do not use PA said they would like training on how to integrate PA effectively into their coaching programmes.

This questionnaire and subsequent analysis has been developed by the Irish Institute of Sport (Alan Swanton) with the Sports Institute Northern Ireland (Johnny Bradley) and Blanchardstown Institute of Technology (Denise Martin) and has looked to evaluate the use, value and integration of performance analysis in all avenues of Irish sport, targeting coaches with a level 1 coaching qualification and above. The online-survey was distributed through the Coaching Ireland database of qualified coaches, targeted national governing bodies and through professionals working within performance analysis in Ireland. A total of 538 coaches completed the survey across 33 sports.

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