J.D. Martinez’s Defense? What The Numbers Really Say


July 20, 2018

J.D. Martinez’s defense? What the numbers really say

Free agency can represent one of the most exciting and satisfying times of a player’s career, a checkpoint to take stock of – and often to appreciate – the body of work of six-plus seasons in the big leagues. For Red Sox outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez, this offseason represented something a bit different.

MLB Expands Partnership With Amazon Web Services for Statcast Analysis

Major League Baseball and Amazon Web Services announced an extended partnership earlier this week to leverage Amazon’s cloud-based machine learning technology to enrich the statistical data presented in baseball broadcasts. The two companies have partnered since 2014, but this broadened working relationship will see AWS automate and digitize much of MLB’s scorekeeping and continue building on the potential of the Statcast tracking data.

Screening, Injury Prevention, and Sport Technology Implementation with Ryan Horn – SimpliFaster

Freelap Friday Five with Ryan Horn Ryan Horn has served with the Wake Forest basketball program since 2014-15, where he is the Demon Deacons’ Director of Athletic Performance. Horn previously worked under head coach Danny Manning at the University of Tulsa, where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships-the program’s first league title since 2003.

Monitoring Athletes during Training Camps: Observations and Translatable Strategies from Elite Road Cyclists and Swimmers

Monitoring is an essential yet unstandardized component of managing athletic preparation. The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the typical measurements and responses observed from monitoring elite road cyclist and swimmers during training camps, and translate these observations to practical strategies for other practitioners to employ.

Why HVMN Helping a Cyclist Attempt One of the Most Grueling Feats in Sports

When Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in 2 hours and 25 seconds on May 6, 2017, most people saw one of the world’s fastest long-distance runners trying, and almost succeeding in, crossing an elusive milestone in human performance. Geoffrey Woo saw an inspiration. “It was a combination of that’s-awesome-slash-I’m-jealous,” says Woo, co-founder and CEO of HVMN.

Inside Rockies All-Star Charlie Blackmon’s Tech-Infused Training


July 18, 2018

Inside Rockies All-Star Charlie Blackmon’s Tech-Infused Training

Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon has a mullet down to his shoulders, the bushy beard of a caveman, and a finance degree from Georgia Tech. His ragged appearance belies an insatiable curiosity and interest in numbers.

Gameface.ai: Changing the Game in Video Analytics

Emerging video analytics company Gameface.ai wants machines to understand sports. A radical notion when we’re used to the idea of players sitting in small rooms and theatres sifting and scrubbing through video content to plan match ups and tactics. Gameface.ai has set the mission of changing that.

The best waterproof fitness trackers and watches for swimming

So, what is the best waterproof fitness tracker for swimming, and which devices are made for taking a dip in the pool? For many people looking for a pool-friendly wearable, the waterproof rating is the most important factor. We know that the Ionic and the Versa, Fitbit’s two smartwatches, are both waterproof, and of course…

How running gait increases injury risk

Maybe it’s not the pounding after all. Since the 1970s, biomechanics researchers have been searching for the telltale traits that predict which runners will get injured and which won’t. Most of their attention, understandably, has focused on the vertical forces that radiate up through the legs each time your foot hits the ground.

AI May Upend the Competition and Business of Sports

Your favorite athlete may soon have a new coach on the sidelines – artificial intelligence. Part statistician and part data scientist, AI can be used to help gather game-day data in real time while also accessing historic data. The combination can be used to help coaches make decisions and players gain a competitive advantage over their opponents.

Nike Says Its $250 Running Shoes Will Make You Run Much Faster. What if That’s Actually True?


July 18, 2018

Nike Says Its $250 Running Shoes Will Make You Run Much Faster. What if That’s Actually True?

Illustration by Agnes Lee Illustration by Agnes Lee If a running shoe made you 25 percent faster, would it be fair to wear it in a race? What about 10 percent? Or 2 percent? The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% – a bouncy, expensive shoe released to the public one year ago – raises these questions like no shoe in recent distance running history.

HomeCourt AI App Tracks Jump Shots From an iPhone

An AI technology that has caught the attention of and received investment dollars from NBA A-listers like Steve Nash, Mark Cuban, Sam Hinkie, and Jeremy Lin was born in a Bay Area pickup game. David Lee’s wife and daughter had come by to watch him play-just as his jumper went cold.

Spin Rate: Batted Balls Missing Component

Quite a bit has been written about batted ball data the past few seasons since the information has become publicly available. Fantasy owners have taken notice and are trying to find that next hitter who is raising his launch angle to be part of the “Flyball Revolution”.

Five sports psychology techniques we can learn from the England football team

Dr Josephine Perry, Sports Psychology Consultant Five of the techniques I noticed being used by the England team replicate well over to many other sports and learning about them could help us all to have better performances, whatever field, court or track we compete on. 1. Seeing competitions as

NATA Offers 10 Tips to Prevent Heat Illness and Dehydration

DALLAS – Many parts of the country are experiencing extreme heat this summer, but for the most part, outdoor activities continue as planned. Young athletes participating in summer and pre-season sports are particularly susceptible in July and August.