A survey of player monitoring approaches and microsensor use in basketball

Jordan Louise Fox, Aaron Scanlan, Charli Sargent, Robert Stanton


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.


Training load; Coach; Team sport; Training prescription; Accelerometer


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2020.151.20

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