Team sport involves working with a group of people towards a common goal. It teaches us to recognize the talents of those around us, work well with them and how to celebrate a win together, but also deal with the stress that comes with losing. It’s a great way to connect with others and build a community that will support you both on and off the field, no matter what happens on the field of play.
Research on the spatial and temporal aspects of movement data is a key challenge in team sports analysis. The trajectories of players during a match are restricted by the pitch and influenced by the movements of opposing teams which can lead to large synergy effects. A number of methods have been proposed to analyze the trajectories including computational geometry, time series analysis and player network based analysis.
The obvious benefit of participating in team sports is learning how to work with other individuals in a group, a skill that will be useful for nearly everyone throughout their life. As stated by the Janssen Sports Leadership Center, working with teammates teaches athletes to respect one another, act in unselfish ways, and make good decisions for the greater good of the group as a whole. It also teaches patience and perseverance. During practice, coaches and teammates will often ask athletes to take on challenging tasks that may not be their most natural abilities or speed, such as running a leg in a 4×400 relay when they can’t quite jump 6-2 in the 110 hurdles.