My name is Owen and I’m the founder of Science for Sport and creator of the Performance Digest.
I was formerly the Head of Academy Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning at Cardiff City Football Club, and an interim Sports Scientist for the Welsh FA.
During my internship at Cardiff City FC with the U21s and 1st team, the position for “Head of Academy Sports Science” opened up and I knew this was the opportunity I had to seize.
After a grueling interview process…
I got the job.
But just one week in I was hit with a problem coaches and trainers have to deal with constantly:
Knowing the answer to a tough (and expensive) question.
My manager, the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine asked if we should spend $80k USD on GPS units for the academy. The pressure mounted when he told me he had to make a decision fast due to limited stock.
I didn’t know the answer.
Were they reliable? High-quality? Worth the cost?
I had used some versions of this GPS technology in the past, but my experiences with the technology certainly didn’t live up to the claims the manufacturer was making.
I was now in a position of authority (that I had wanted most of my life) and had to make a decision…
But I didn’t have the knowledge to make one that was informed and backed up by reliable data.
So, I did the only thing I could:
I promised I would do intense research and return with a fact-based answer the following morning.
That promise wasn’t easy to fulfill.
I searched everywhere I could to find a concise summary of GPS technology to make sense of it all - accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, GPS modules, algorithms, etc.
I found 5 individual studies.
But they each looked at different brands, models, and algorithms, and none of them even discussed gyroscopes or magnetometers.
My research only turned up contradictions between these 5 studies.
So, I went back to my manager and told him the truth:
“Very little information exists on this technology and my experience with them suggests they’re not worth the investment. I don’t think we should buy them.”
So we didn’t.
And this entire experience lead to an epiphany that eventually led to the creation of Science for Sport and the Performance Digest:
Coaches and trainers need a trustworthy and easy-to-understand resource that cuts through the jargon, bias, and contradictions in sports studies and only delivers the essential information you need to make smart decisions and implement the practical takeaways from these studies on day one.
A resource I wish I had when my manager first asked me that question about GPS units.
That’s when I decided to create this resource myself to avoid being an under-informed coach when I’m supposed to be the one with all the answers.
I began with building the Science for Sport website.
To make Science for Sport the definitive resource for evidence-based sports science.
But I ran into another problem…
Research is conducted at an unmanageable rate - over 1,000 new sports science studies are published every month!
If I couldn’t keep up with them, how would coaches and trainers - who are much busier than me - do it?
It was this question that led me to create the Performance Digest.
A monthly digital magazine carefully curated by professionally certified sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. Designed to be quickly consumed (without sacrificing any of the important information) and immediately actionable - so you can update, modify, and improve your current athlete training programs the minute you get your subscription.
50+ issues and almost 2,000 members later…
The Performance Digest community is bigger, stronger, and offers more value for evidence-based coaches than most other sports science reviews ever could.
Join us on our mission to apply the latest sports science to win more games, build better athletes, and grow a rewarding career.