Words of Wisdom, Volume 4

Our new author Craig Pickering has brought together his background as an Olympic sprinter, coach, and sports scientist to start a series on understanding science for coaches. His latest post covers the differences between good and bad sports science articles and is well worth a read.

It has been months since my last “Words of Wisdom” post and I’ve read a lot since then. So to keep with the theme of sports science and data collection I pulled out a few quotes related to the topic from mostly non-athletic sources.


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  1. […] comes with positives and negatives, as I’ve detailed many many many times on this site. The biggest issue is that more data is not always better. More data can […]

  2. […] also posted a round up of good quotes on data collection in March, including thoughts from Taleb and […]

  3. […] viewed as the way to better results. But more data does will not necessarily bring better results. Back in March I brought up the example of how additional data might be making the NSA’s job more difficult. […]

  4. […] I collected some thoughts by top coaches and writers on data collection last month, and they are applicable to this topic. We tend to think that more data is better. But in many cases the data doesn’t help or can harm. For example, problems can arise in the following situations: […]

  5. […] week I posted some links and quotes about data collection, analysis, and use in training. This week I thought I would post some more excerpts from what I’ve been reading on training […]

  6. […] me wrong: success is important in evaluating a coach. It means a lot, in fact. I just wrote about the importance of data collection last week, and numbers still provide the most valuable feedback. But there are other routes to success and we […]

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