Peter Blangé: Performance in elite sport: you can’t improve what you can’t measure

We are very happy to announce the exciting closing presentation at the European Flow Measurement Workshop which you can’t afford to miss.

Peter Blangé will close the day on Wednesday and will present an overview of the development of application of high-tech measurement to elite sport, which he has experienced as an athlete and as a technologist. Peter was the captain of the Dutch volleyball team that won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and he played in three more Olympics, including in 1992 in Barcelona. In those days, the Dutch team operated at the forefront of using data analysis and other high-tech measurements to improve their game. After his volleyball career Peter continued his quest for improving the performance of elite athletes in various positions. Currently he is the Performance Innovation Manager of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB).

In his presentation Peter will show the impact of various high-tech innovations applied to elite sport, such as the high-tech football pitch, with the use of LPM-technology (local positioning monitoring) and ball tracking cameras, to the sprint cockpit of TeamNL track & field, as used by world 200 m champion Dafne Schippers. An intriguing example is the definition of a Golden Standard in football, which was applied to last year’s European Women’s Championships, where it turned out that the Dutch Lionesses matched the standard quite closely (and won).

Apart from the state-of-the-art technology Peter will also treat the difficult translation from hard measurement data to performance (in terms of key performance indicators) and, crucially, to improving that performance. A key part of the last step is the acceptance of the use of technology by the athletes and coaches. Peter will show his vision of the future, including the appearance of more and more “laptop coaches”, but also delve into his own experience as an athlete. In his own words: how data analysis helps you surviving your opponent’s match point in an Olympic final.