As part of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sport Administration and Technolgy degree, the AISTS Research Paper requires each MAS participant to carry out in-depth research on a sports-related issue and deliver a short paper (20 pages) that meets specific academic criteria. Conducting high-quality research represents a key asset of the program as sport organizations recognize the critical value of high-quality knowledge and unique expertise in decision-making.
Since the start of the AISTS MAS programme in 2003, more than 500 Research Papers have been completed. To foster the value of the Research Paper, a selection of the best papers is edited for publication in an annual volume of the AISTS-book “Collected Insights from the Field of Sport” and an electronic copy is deposited at the Olympic World Library for public consultation. Moreover, each year the IOC officially rewards the best research paper with a special prize and public recognition.
Best Research Paper for 2018
Assessing Applications of Genetics Based Training within Professional Football Clubs
RP supervisor: Boris Gojanovic
Abstract: This study aimed to answer two major outstanding questions in the field of sports genetics. First, to understand more deeply the characteristics surrounding genomics in elite sports. Second, to determine whether genetic based training is ready to be implemented within professional football. Through a 35 item questionnaire sent to coaches, managers, scientists, and medical staff at football clubs, we investigated the utilization, impact, implementation, and ethics of sports genomics. Overall, we found that football clubs are optimistic about the positive impact that genetic testing can have on the athletes, staff, and club. Clubs are eager to adopt new science and technology for training optimization and injury reduction, but without expert advice from scientists and medical professionals are unable to do so properly and effectively. We identified the major barriers to implementation as high costs, limited time, and a lack of specialized knowledge. Our data also highlights that even though stakeholders might act with good intentions, ethical issues might still arise due to the sensitive nature of genetic information and the complex relationships among stakeholders in the sports ecosystem. Thus, we propose a set of best practice guidelines for sports genomics that can be used by sports organizations. We envision a future where the promise of helping athletes through genomics becomes a reality for elite sports.
Best Research Paper for 2017
Emerging Patterns in the Consumption of LiveSport Events: Millennials and Streaming
RP Supervisor: Jennifer Smith-Maguire
Abstract: The millennial generation has undoubtedly been priced out of live attendance of football matches. With new trends in the digital world, this paper will examine how millennials perceive the consumption of live football events through illegal streaming, in terms of morality. The research is conducted in three parts: a descriptive study of existing literature, pilot interviews, as well as a broader-reaching survey. This paper confirms trends found in existing research that illegal streaming of football matches is an established phenomenon among millennials. Furthermore, it shows that millennials find it generally acceptable to watch games illegally. The implications of this study on the established business models in football, and sport more broadly are significant.
Each year the AISTS nominate the best research papers to be recognised at the annual Graduation Ceremony. View the abstracts of the best Research Papers by year below.
Best Research Paper Nominations for 2018
Best Research Paper Nominations for 2017
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