Study uses GPS technology to predict football injuries

One of the difficulties facing professional sportsmen and sportwomen is the constant threat of injury. Luckily, the University of Birmingham and Southampton Football Club have discovered that by using health monitors, they can predict when certain injuries may occur.

Our research has huge practical and scientific application. It expands on a recent body of literature in rugby league and cricket which has proposed that the prescription of workloads may be more indicative of injury than the load itself. The results of our study demonstrate this, with high, excessive workloads associated with the greatest injury risk. However, when the players were exposed to these high loads progressively, over a period of time, the risk of injury reduced significantly.

Lead researcher Laura Bowen is the First Team Data Scientist at Southampton FC. Read the full article here: 

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