Getting Ahead of the Game: Athlete Data in Professional Sport

Julia Powles, Toby Walsh, Jacqueline Alderson, Lyria Bennett Moses, Anthony Elliott, Matthew Graham, Rachel Harris, Kate Henne, David Hughes, Mike Innes, Kate Starre

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


    Australia needs to start a conversation about data governance in professional sport, including creating appropriate legal, organisational, and ethical limits around athlete data collection and use. This discussion paper, ‘Getting ahead of the game: Athlete data in professional sport’, was developed by the Australian Academy of Science and the Minderoo Tech & Policy Lab at UWA Law School, with support from the Frontier Technology Initiative of Minderoo Foundation. The discussion paper reveals that Australian professional sports are collecting more personal information about athletes than they can meaningfully deal with. Concerningly, this data—which is personal, unique, and intimately revealing about individual athletes—amounts to excessively more information than has been proven to be useful. What are the stakes of exponential and unregulated growth in human monitoring for the workplace of professional sport, and beyond? What are the challenges, the opportunities, and the imperatives to act?
    Original languageEnglish
    Commissioning bodyAustralian Academy of Science
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


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