During the 2018 Sports Science Conference, staged at the Halmstad University from the 25th to the 27th of April, just before the Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships, Michael Fuchs gave an interesting lecture about Performance Analysis in Table Tennis, focusing on the Chinese and Japanese Table Tennis National Team and the German Para Table Tennis National Team.

Aside from being the Chair for Performance Analysis and Sport Informatics of the Faculty for Sports and Health Science at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and part of the ITTF Sports Science and Medical Committee, he is currently supporting the German Para Table Tennis National Team as a performance analyst at training camps and competitions.

During his lecture he talks about:

– He introduces himself, explains what his lecture will be about & what exactly Performance Analysis is and the differences between Theoretical Performance Analysis and Practical Performance Analysis (0:002:54)

– Best practice: China’s Olympic Games 2008 & 2012 (2:544:44)

– Outline match analysis & complete match analysis (4:446:28)

– Preparation before matches & discussion during the period of intensive training (6:288:16)

– Best practice: Japan’s Olympic Games 2012, scientific methods in a practical scenario, self-developed computer program, 136 matches analyzed & first steps in automatic data collection (8:1611:19)

– Best practice: Germany Paralympic Games 2020 & why game analysis in Para Table Tennis (11:1913:10)

– The start of the project in May 2017, 285 matches recorded, analyzed 30 matches, trying to find the correct ratio between recording and analyzing matches (13:1014:33)

– Best practice: Germany’s outcomes, how the players were surprised after video feedback, the problem of self-perception and how some players improved their performance (14:3315:22)

– Conclusion & how Practical Performance Analysis has a very high potential in Table Tennis (15:2217:03)