Injury Prediction in Elite Ice Hockey using Machine Learning

University essay from KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)KTH/Industriell ekonomi och organisation (Inst.); KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)KTH/Industriell ekonomi och organisation (Inst.); KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (E

Abstract: Sport clubs are always searching for innovative ways to improve performance and obtain a competitive edge. Sports analytics today is focused primarily on evaluating metrics thought to be directly tied to performance. Injuries indirectly decrease performance and cost substantially in terms of wasted salaries. Existing sports injury research mainly focuses on correlating one specific feature at a time to the risk of injury. This paper provides a multidimensional approach to non-contact injury prediction in Swedish professional ice hockey by applying machine learning on historical data. Several features are correlated simultaneously to injury probability. The project’s aim is to create an injury predicting algorithm which ranks the different features based on how they affect the risk of injury. The paper also discusses the business potential and strategy of a start-up aiming to provide a solution for predicting injury risk through statistical analysis.

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