Research Unpacked: Kate Yung PhD – RTP Through a Complex Systems Approach (Director of Medical and Performance Innovations – Kitchee Sports Club)

Episode 140: In this Research Unpacked Episode from Inform Performance, Dr Dylan Carmody chats to Physio and Researcher Kate Yung. Kate has a PhD focused on enhancing return-to-play methodologies through a complex systems approach, Kate’s background as a sports physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach spans collaborations with professional football teams and Olympic athletes across Hong Kong and Australia. She played a significant role as the lead coordinator and lecturer for the MSc Sports Medicine and Health Science – Team Physician and Physiotherapist module, nurturing the next wave of professionals in this field. Drawing from her experience working at the Centre for Data Science, Queensland University of Technology for a data science project funded by the Australian Institute of Sport, she has experience bridging the gap between data experts and sports practitioners in research and practice. In this episode, Kate Young discusses her research on complexity and return to sport decision making.

Topics Discussed

  • Defining Complexity
  • Nonlinear Systems
  • Emergence and Adaptation
  • Goodhart’s Law and KPIs
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of Algorithms and Frameworks
  • Expected Utility Theory
  • Bayesian Networks


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Andy is the Host / Co-Founder of Inform Performance and a dual qualified Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach. Andy is based in Philadelphia & works for Total Performance who provide a multi-faceted, elite level diagnostic, rehabilitation and performance service. Delivered by a team of world leading specialists to organisations in the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, the LTA and England Rugby.