Two Anti-Injury Algorithms Could Help Roma

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The club of the Italian capital could find these new technologies very useful in order to reduce injuries during a season.




Technology is increasingly important in the world of football and football giants may have two new algorithms at their disposal to perform more efficiently and without mishaps.

According to ANSA, two studies carried out by the Institute of Science and Information Technology of the National Research Council in collaboration with the University of Pisa could provide important info to the clubs to prevent their players from getting injured.

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With the first algorithm, called “Injury Forecaster“, clubs can use GPS devices installed on the players’ bibs to get data that the algorithm has learned to associate with the risk of injury. “Injury Forecaster” is able to predict an imminent problem in a workout with an accuracy of over 50%. Existing techniques, instead, have only a 5% accuracy. Therefore, clubs can reduce injuries by half, with a corresponding cost saving.

The second algorithm, named “PlayeRank”, has been developed together with the Italian company Wyscout. It is able to assess the performances of the players. Thanks to a database composed of millions of events concerning almost all the competitions, every interaction between players and the ball are recorded. In this way, “PlayeRank” creates a ranking and shows how the performance of a player changes over time.




Roma could find these algorithms very useful. In the first part of the 2017-18 season, Eusebio Di Francesco had several players injured for a long time. In just five months, 7 Roma players suffered from physical issues.

But let’s take a look at Alessandro Florenzi‘s injury history. In the 2016-17 campaign, the Italian fullback suffered from a cruciate ligament rupture that left him out of the field for 109 days. The following year, instead, the Roma vice-captain had the same physical problem and was out for 186 days.

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Rick Karsdorp joined Roma in summer 2017. Since then, the talented right-back missed 45 matches having broken his meniscus and the cruciate ligaments. The Dutch international was out for 293 days.

From 2014 to the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the former Roma man Kevin Strootman suffered an unexpected ordeal. The midfielder underwent a double knee operation and missed 96 games. Strootman was injured for a total of 708 days in 4 years.

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A Roman in New York achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | Calciomercato.it | Calcio e Finanza | Reporting on Major League Soccer.

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