What is ISPAS?
The ISPAS was founded with the objective of improving global cooperation in the field of performance analysis. It was created as a platform for experts and practitioners to exchange their ideas, set global standards and collaborate in common research areas. It provides a shared forum to distribute scientific knowledge and disseminate information across the different types of individuals and groups in performance analysis, from academic researchers to club-level practitioners.
ISPAS’s current executive committee is consisted by five members: Prof. Nic James, Prof. Derek Peters, Prof. Mike Hughes, Dr. Hyongjun Choi and Dr. Nimai Parmar, with the former three teaching in the field of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at different British universities. As of June 2018, the society has accredited a total of 243 members and continues to grow its member base every month. Aside from joining a community of performance analysts for networking purposes, once accredited there are also various discounts and offers when purchasing analysis software available to accredited members, as well as discounted registration fees for ISPAS workshops and conferences. Accreditation comes in 5 different levels, with 1 and 2 being generic and 3 to 5 specialized in two verticals: a Scientific Route and a Applied Route. Once you submit an application for accreditation with supporting evidence, the panel will make a decision whether the level of accreditation applied to based on experiences and knowledge is approved.
The society also organizes yearly World Congresses with rotating locations around the world. In September 2018 the World Congress takes place in Zagreb, Croatia with a number of Professors from various countries in Europa and Asia taking part as keynote speakers, as well as practitioners in sports such as Rugby Union. These congresses tend to cover a wide range of topics around the area of sports performance, from analysis of technique and tactical evaluation to biomechanics, work rate and physical demands.
Learn more about ISPAS in their official website here.