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Visualization in Sports

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This article is not about “improving your ability in sports using visualization“. This post is focused on the ubiquity of computer graphics and visualization in sports. As a television viewer, player, coach or just a curious  individual, you may have seen some of these visualizations for analyzing a game. It seems more common for coaches to use visual analytic tools to analyze the opposing teams in almost all sports now. 

Visualizing American football (NFL)

  • Professor Chris Healey from NCSU has an interesting project on visualizing NFL games. The project details can be found at http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/faculty/healey/NFL_viz/.Here is a screenshot of a small section of the visualization of the entire SuperBowl 2009 game between Arizona and Pittsburgh. 

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Visualizing Baseball (MLB

 

Visualizing Basketball (NBA  & WNBA)

 

Visualizing Cricket 

  • -Infographics is widely used in telecasts – Bowling overview, batting overview (wagon wheel) to show which parts of a ground is a particular player hitting to in that innning. A snapshot of a wagon wheel (as it is called) is shown here (Image credits: cricinfo) 

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Golf swing visualization

  • Urtasun et al. published a paper for 3D tracing of the golf swing. Here is the citation and the link to the paper: Raquel Urtasun , David J. Fleet , Pascal Fua, Monocular 3-D Tracking of the Golf Swing , Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR’05) – Volume 2, p.932-938, June 20-26, 2005.  Here is a snapshot from their paper. golf
  • Naturally, there would be a company selling a product for such sort of a thing. Flightscope, the company that tracks a tennis ball for debatable calls during a match,  uses 3D Doppler tracking for tracking your golf swing -

I am sure you have seen visualization and infographics being widely used in your favorite sports. Please feel free to add a link or even mention it in the comments section.

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  2. How about marathon ‘visualization’ – it’s fairly crude but with the addition of ‘splits’ data and year on year performances could be more useful…

    http://racereplay.net/

    http://conceptdev.blogspot.com/2009/04/silverlight-virtualearth-map-control_06.html

    CraigD

    May 8, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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  5. Maybe, you should also consider some interesting things for European sports.

    Have a look to some interesting stuff:
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    Thanks,
    d.

    Daniele Galiffa

    May 11, 2009 at 3:43 am

    • Hey Daniele,

      Thanks for the links. Visualizing football is really interesting and I think there’s a lot more that could be done with it. If you know of any data sources where detailed match information (play-by-play) can be found, please let me know. I’d love to try visualizing it.

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      May 26, 2009 at 11:28 am

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  13. This was a great read. As an avid sports fan (and stats junkie) I especially liked Josh Kalk’s PITCHf/x tool and will definetely be adding it (and your website) to my rss reader. Thanks for the great post!

    Mike

    September 25, 2009 at 7:35 pm

  14. If you’re interested in baseball infographics, also check out http://visualbaseball.wordpress.com

    Kevin

    October 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

  15. Great design first thing… Second thing the prespective at which you see the sport is quite neutral quite in my words wikipedia style. This is a welcome change from people who are either racist or support a particular agenda.!

    Victoria

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