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dataCoach: Data Collection and Visualization Tools for the Non-Professional Athlete

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Despite incredible advances in performance data tracking in the professional sports community, the commonly available set of tools for collecting, visualizing, and analyzing game data for youth, high school, and recreational sports communities remains limited. In order to narrow this gap, dataCoach provides recreational and scholastic athletes with a focused system of easy to use, cloud-based tools for the real-time mobile collection, visualization, and analysis of sports statistics.

The purpose of the dataCoach system is threefold: 1) to facilitate and encourage the collection of data through a robust yet simplified drag and drop interface, 2) to enhance traditional game statistics by tagging each piece of data with the location and time at which it was recorded, and 3) to enable deeper analysis and comprehension of the data through visual and interactive exploration. The combination of these three elements into one tool allows the user to more efficiently perform their existing responsibilities, while also allowing them to investigate the cause and effect relationships that this type of enhanced data set preserves.

dataCoach: lacrosse represents one specific implementation of this system: an iPad web app designed for lacrosse. By allowing scorekeepers, coaches, parents and players to augment their current practice with rich data tools, dataCoach investigates how the thoughtful reconfiguration of existing technologies can empower a wider sports community by helping them transform data into knowledge.

Date: June 07, 2012