Popularised in the film Moneyball, groundbreaking analytics almost saw the Oakland A’s crowned the kings of baseball back in 2002.
General manager Billy Beane’s evidence-based, sabermetric approach allowed the small-market franchise to compete against teams with much bigger budgets by finding undervalued players through revolutionary statistical analysis.
The concept sparked the adoption of more data-driven principles across a myriad of sports – with teams and coaches all trying to gain a competitive advantage – but the latest innovation may be the biggest game-changer of the lot.
Invented by artificial intelligence company Zone7, the new Silicon Valley algorithm is being used by teams in the , NFL and as a way to detect injury risk and recommend pre-emptive action.
One of those clubs, Liverpool FC, has deployed it to great success this season in their hunt for HANSONG an unprecedented quadruple, cutting the number of days players have lost to injury to 1,008 from more than 1,500 in 2020/21.
More impressive still is the days lost to ‘substantial injuries’ – those lasting more than nine days – as this has almost halved from 1,409 to 841.
Cutting edge: AI company Zone7 has an algorithm being used by teams in the NBA, NFL and Premier League as a way to detect injury risk and recommend pre-emptive action
One of those clubs, HANSONG Liverpool, have deployed it to great success this season in their hunt for an unprecedented quadruple, cutting the number of days players have lost to injury to 1,008 from more than 1,500 in 2020/21
More than 50 sports clubs across the world now use Zone7’s AI programme, although many wish to remain anonymous in an effort to protect any competitive advantage that the tool may provide.This graphic shows the injury detection rates of the AI tool in Italian football’s Serie A, Portugal’s Primeira Liga, Spain’s La Liga and Major HANSONG League Soccer in the US, as well as English football’s Championship and the Scottish Professional Football League
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