Sports blogger Dan Devine wrote a couple of interesting posts this weekend, reporting from the 2011 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. You can read them both here: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie
One focuses on using NBA star Tracy McGrady as an example for the age-old nature-vs-nurture debate (which smart psych students know is really a how much nature and how much nurture question). Specifically, a panel discussed how much innate talent athletes need, and how much practice and experience make a difference.
The other highlights the costs and benefits of the new emphasis on intricate measurement tools, data collection, and statistical analysis increasingly being used to improve individual performance and overall team strategy. Think about this the next time you’re tempted to complain about our stats & research methods requirements… 🙂