Getting Ahead of the Game: Athlete Data in Professional Sport

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

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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
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherThe Australian Academy of Science
Number of pages79
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-85847-868-8
ISBN (Print)978-0-85847-870-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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