Performance assessment in field sports

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Excelling in the performance of his or her chosen sport is the major aim of any elite athlete. The drive to win, the desire to succeed and the ambition to push beyond the present limits of performance are all essential features of achieving excellence in elite sport. Athletes must constantly strive to attain peak levels of performance to reach and subsequently stay at the top. In field sports, players must now move faster, anticipate better, demonstrate greater levels of technical and tactical ability and persist longer than competitors from the past. The commitments made by club, coach and player in attempting to attain perfection undeniably necessitate an extensive amount of time and financial contribution, especially as the gap between winning and losing grows ever smaller. The foundations for training and competing can no longer be based on simple subjective views of how well athletes perform or on traditional methods passed from one generation of coach to another ...

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