|（1.School of Physical Education，South China Normal University，Guangzhou 510006，China；2.Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences，Technical University of Madrid，Madrid 28040，Spain)
Abstract: By using methods in bibliometrics, the authors gave a concise overview of the history, main textbooks, and theses published by major journals, with respect to sports performance analysis. The results showed that sports perform-ance analysis started to gain a firm foothold in sports science area between the 1970s and the 1980s, and entered into a high speed steady development period from the late 1990s up to this day. As a disciplinary category, sports performance analysis has a more perfected disciplinary system and talent cultivation mechanism, as well as authoritative textbooks and an exten-sive teacher and student group foundation. As a scientific research area, sports performance analysis has a humongous, gradually increasing number of theses, researchers and citations, but the authors, journals, research institutes, countries (or regions) active in this area are mostly in economy developed regions such as Europe, America and Oceania. Meanwhile, the research scope of sports performance analysis covers most of Olympic events.
Key words: competition and training；sports performance analysis；overview