A Survey of Player Monitoring Approaches and Microsensor Use in Basketball

Fox, J.L., Scanlan, A., Sargent, C., Stanton, R.

The purpose of this study was to examine player monitoring approaches used by basketball practitioners with
a specific focus on the use of microsensors. An online survey was disseminated to basketball practitioners
via international basketball-related organisations and social media channels. Multiple response, Likert-scale
level of agreement, and open-ended questions captured data regarding if, and how player monitoring was
performed, as well as barriers and facilitators to player monitoring, with an emphasis on the use of
microsensors. Forty-four basketball practitioners completed the survey. Twenty-seven respondents (61%)
implement player monitoring and thirteen (30%) use microsensors. Despite implementing player monitoring,
over 85% of practitioners modify training based on their own observation. Respondents not currently
monitoring players (39%) would commence monitoring if the tools or equipment were provided. 74% of
respondents agree that microsensors are expensive. Only 56% of practitioners who use microsensors feel
they have support for using the technology and analysing/interpreting the data. These findings suggest a low
uptake of microsensors for player monitoring in basketball. Coaches and practitioners perceive player
monitoring approaches to be cost-prohibitive and appear unsure of how player monitoring data should be
used to optimise training outcomes for players.

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