Fundamentals of Sports Analytics

Clin Sports Med. 2018 Jul;37(3):387-400. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2018.03.007.


Recently, the importance of statistics and analytics in sports has increased. This review describes measures of sports injury and fundamentals of sports injury research with a brief overview of some of the emerging measures of sports performance. We describe research study designs that can be used to identify risk factors for injury, injury surveillance programs, and common measures of injury risk and association. Finally, we describe measures of physical performance and training and considerations for using these measures. This review provides sports medicine clinicians with an understanding of current research measures and considerations for designing sports injury research studies.

Keywords: Analytics; Epidemiology; Injury occurrence; Sports performance; Study design.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Epidemiologic Research Design*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Physical Conditioning, Human
  • Research / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data*