As the director, performance science for the Detroit Tigers, Dr. Georgia Giblin plays a key role in the use of technology and data in connection with player development.
The Tigers hired Georgia in 2019 as the franchise’s first director of performance science. An Australian expat, Georgia’s love of sports and science led her from her native Brisbane, where she earned her Ph.D. in biomechanics and skill acquisition from Victoria University, to her post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, Georgia first worked with the Tigers to apply her research in maximizing performance and health.
“I want to see people reach their full potential,” Georgia said. “These young players who come into our organization, they have dreams of playing in the major leagues. The Detroit Tigers have been really good in investing in the technology that enables me to do my job. I want to, in turn, repay the players, and help them to do their job to the best of their ability.”
Georgia further states that she doesn’t see being a female as a barrier in her role. She cites the rise of prominent women in baseball, such as Kim Ng, the first female and Asian American general manager in the MLB, as proof that hard work can make your goals a reality. “I’ve always believed that, if I work hard enough and I’m smart enough, I can do it,” she said. “And here, with the Tigers, I’ve felt nothing but support.”
Learn more about Georgia and her role helping Detroit Tigers athletes succeed in the video below.