Introducing SHARP: The Sports and Health Analytics Research Partnership

Sports analytics is a rising trend. Data science and statistics have been successfully applied in various industries providing value and new insights. The benefits of data science in sports are still under-researched, but the potential gains are huge. For that reason, University College London, along with Tottenham Hotspur FC as a main partner, has set up a research centre for sports analytics called SHARP (Sports Health and Analytics Research Partnership). This talk will showcase some of the work being conducted at SHARP and Tottenham Hotspur FC. The talk will provide an explanation of why and how analytics and data science are relevant for sports in general, and football in particular. The examples include recent results on injury analysis, and future plans about other areas such as talent identification or squad optimization.

Wayne Diesel
Head of Medical

Wayne graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1986and then gained a 1stClass pass in BSc (Med)(Hons) Sports Science in 1988 allowing him to proceed directly to a PhD in Exercise Physiology, this was completed in 1994.He arrived in the UK in 2002 to work for Gloucester Rugby Football Club as Head of Medical Services to help them win the PowerGen Trophy and ended of top of the League but lost in the play-off final. The following season Wayne joined Charlton Athletic where he spent 4 seasons before joining Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in June 2007 as Head of Medical Services. Highlights of football experience include Tottenham beating Chelsea in 2008 to win the Carling Cup and then gaining Champions League status in 2009/10 for the first time in the Club’s history. Wayne is currently in his ninth season working in the Premier League.

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