Otago Polytechnic

An investigation into the use of Video and Performance Analysis Systems and Design in Cycling New Zealand and the Team Pursuit discipline

Anna Higgins
27 November 2019

Higgins, A. (2019). An investigation into the use of Video and Performance Analysis Systems and Design in Cycling New Zealand and the Team Pursuit discipline. (A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the degree Masters in Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand.) [3.9MB]

Abstract

The aim of this thesis was to investigate the effective use of video and performance analysis (PA) systems in the Track Cycling Olympic programme in New Zealand. The thesis focused on the Team Pursuit discipline in the Track Cycling endurance squad and used coach driven performance objectives and questions.

A Design Science Research (DSR) approach was used to provide a strong framework for this research. The DSR framework follows the structure of problem identification, objectives of a solution, design and development, demonstration, evaluation and communication of findings. This framework was used alongside the PA multidisciplinary approach from Glazier (2010), which focuses on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of performance.

A range of ethnographic data collection techniques, including observation, reflective notes and informal interviews, were applied to gather information and feedback on changes made to PA. The initial findings of the research were that current Cycling New Zealand PA systems and design could not be used to meet the needs of the Team Pursuit performance objectives. Changes to the systems and design PA artefact took place with hardware and software being further explored to be able to meet these needs. From the changes made PA became more performance focused and started to move closer toward a multidisciplinary approach to PA. Future  recommendations, taking into consideration, cost and timing, were put in place to be able continue the DSR research process.

Licence

This thesis is available under a Creative Commons licence Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International