Can analytics cut rugby injuries? IBM thinks so

The Leicester Tigers rugby football club will start crunching player data, performance and stress levels to curtail injuries.

IBM and the Leicester Tigers rugby football club in the United Kingdom are teaming up to use analytics software to cut down on injuries.

Tigers in action.

The Leicester Tigers, a frequent champion in the English rugby union, is using IBM's predictive analytics software to assess injury risks and then deliver training programs for players at risk. The Tigers are hoping analytics can keep players on the field longer.

IBM's software is designed to measure fatigue levels and game intensity. The Tigers will also crunch physical and biological data from its 45 players.

In addition, the Tigers plan to measure psychological factors such as stress levels, social issues and environmental stress.

Add it up and IBM and the Tigers are trying to put more science in the game. IBM's software will also be used to gauge the performance for its under-19 academy feeder teams and choose players accordingly.

Disclosure: I'm a mostly retired prop and hooker who probably wouldn't have benefited much from this software. The output from this system would have merely said: You're slow, old and often injured. I pretty much knew that already. Go Bayonne Bombers.

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