ESSI Summer Camp

The University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI), in collaboration with the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), will be hosting a data science summer camp for high-school students who are interested in sport analytics.

During this camp, which will be held August 10-13 in Ann Arbor, high-school students will learn the basic mathematics behind data science, with a sports analytics emphasis. They will experience real-life applications pertaining to U-M Athletics. High-school students with an interest in mathematics and sports are encouraged to apply. The camp will be full-day, and attendance is expected all four days. There is a $50 fee to attend the camp and lunch will be included.

In competitive athletics and elite performance, “analytics” aim to achieve wins and peak performance. For individuals across the lifespan, it provides a personalized strategy for achieving exercise, fitness and health/wellness goals. The challenge for individuals is to translate a myriad of data from multiple types of devices or sources on an individual’s training, nutrition, biomechanics, physiology and psychology into useable approaches to prevent injury and achieve fitness or performance goals.

For teams, an additional challenge is to analyze each individual’s actions in relation to those of everyone else on the team, and to analyze the team’s action as whole. With the masses of data, there is a critical need for “analytics” to separate correlation from causality in the design of algorithms to predict individual and team performance successes.