Winning with Data #4: Athlete Profiling

This is the fourth article in our five part series for the leading Indian sports publication The Bridge. Svexa's Director of Partnerships and former Olympic swimmer Shikha Tandon describes how a truly individualized approach is critical to ensuring the best outcomes for each athlete.

In the previous articles in the series, we discussed optimisation in training, exercise vs sports analytics, and what's really important in data collection. Now we turn to the importance of individualization in analysis and coaching. In most cases, the traditional, quantitative scientific method compares the results of actions like training programs in whole groups of athletes. The resulting analysis is therefore describing the best option for a majority of people who match that typical group. In reality though, some individuals will have a different or even opposite reaction.

In this article, Shikha describes how modern athlete profiling can produce a better understanding of each individual, and how the various aspects of their physiology and performance uniquely come together. In order to gain actionable insights, it is vital to highlight the variables that provide the strongest signals for that particular person


Shikha has an MSc in Biology and in Biotechnology, and is an Olympic Swimmer with 37 medals in international championships.