Athlete Monitoring: Data Analysis and Visualization – Introduction

Athlete Monitoring: Data Analysis and Visualization

Introduction – Part 1

In this first module, I will (hopefully) provide a “Big Picture” overview of what athlete monitoring is, as well as introduce a few theoretical models that guide my rationale and inferences.In the first video, I will introduce the Circular Causal Model (see figure below) and Circular Performance Model. Funny enough, I just noticed how similar they are, although they cover different phenomena. I also touch on the topic of transparency of theory – hence the reason why I shared these models, so you can easily see where my ideas are coming from.

I have also provided an extensive list of resources, not only for this lecture but for the whole course. I will continue adding resources underneath each lecture if needed.

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  1. Jovanovic, M. (2020). Strength Training Manual: The Agile Periodization Approach (Volume One & Two: Theory). Paperback
  2. Jovanovic, M. (2020). bmbstats: Bootstrap Magnitude-based Statistics for Sports Scientists. Online
  3. McGuigan, M. (2017). Monitoring Training and Performance in Athletes. Human Kinetics. Paperback


  1. Delaney, J. (2018). The paradox of “invisible” monitoring: The less you do, the more you do! Link
  2. Jovanovic, M. (2014). Analysis of Metabolic Power Data Using Power-Duration Profile in Team Sports. Link
  3. Jovanovic, M. (2013). Real-Time Fatigue Monitoring using Metabolic Power and CP/W’. Link
  4. Jovanovic, M. (2020). How to Design Wellness Questionnaire? Find out what are the best practices and how to avoid common mistakes. Link
  5. Jovanovic, M. (2020). Extending the Classical Test Theory with Circular Performance Model. Link
  6. Morin, JB. (2020). The “in-situ” sprint profile for team sports: testing players without testing them? Link


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