Summer Meeting - Statistics in Sport

Wednesday 20th June 2012

This meeting is being held in association with the Centre for Sports Studies, University of Kent and will be held at Medway Park.  Medway Park is located on Mill Road, Gillingham, Medway, ME7 1HF.  Gillingham railway station is approximately 10 minutes walk.  A map can be found here.  Please note that due to the size of the seminar room, places are limited for this meeting.  Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 


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11.00 - 11.30Registration
11.30 - 12.00Eryl Bassett: Doping with growth hormone – catching the cheats

Growth hormone (GH) is a performance enhancing substance which also appears naturally in the human body, so detecting its use as a doping agent is difficult.  This talk will focus on the development of anti-doping tests for GH, and particularly on the biomarker test.

12.00 - 12.30Norma Coffey: Common functional principal components analysis of human movement data

In many human movement studies angle-time series data on several groups of individuals are measured to identify differences in movement patterns between the groups. In recent years there has been increased emphasis on analysing angle-time series data using functional data analysis techniques rather than multivariate methods. In particular, functional principal components analysis (FPCA) has had some success describing the variability of movement patterns across groups. However standard FPCA does not adequately account for the grouping structure evident in many human movement datasets. This talk introduces common functional principal components analysis, an extension of FPCA, to incorporate this common data feature.

12.30 - 13.00Louis Passfield: Modelling the training of competitive cyclists

The current practice of specifying training programmes for sport (or exercise for health) relies upon intuition and experience rather than science.  Although of considerable theoretical and practical potential, a mathematical model of the training process has yet to be defined.  Indeed, there is very limited work modelling any aspects of the training process.  Published mathematical models focus on sporting performance rather than the underpinning training process itself.  This talk will highlight the limitations of previous work and identify some of the opportunities and challenges of modelling training data.

13.00 - 13.15Questions and Discussion
13.15 - 14.30Lunch

Please note that lunch is not included in the registration cost.  There is a café within Medway Park where lunch can be purchased.

14.30 - 15.30Demonstration of Centre for Sport Studies lab facilities – Samuele Marcora


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