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Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics: The Science of Assessing Performance, Predicting Future Outcomes, Interpreting Statistical Models, and Evaluating the Market Value of Athletes by Lorena Martin

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3. Sport Psychological Measures

“Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”

—BOB KNIGHT

As a data scientist or sport performance analyst you may have heard the phrase “get to know your data.” This is rightfully so, because knowing the data is fundamental to understanding the factors that can play a role in the athlete’s or team’s performance, whether physical or psychological. This poses questions such as the following: “How much do we know about psychological variables in sport? How do we, as sports data scientists, examine psychological data? And how much variance in sport performance is due to individual and environmental moderators of psychological factors?”

Sport psychology is the scientific study of an athlete’s thoughts and behavior ...

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