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NSW WARATAHS REDUCING RISK OF INJURY
WITH PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS
An injured player isn't the only one who feels the pain. The loss of a key
team member can negatively impact a club’s chemistry, record and
fan attendance. Looking to prevent injuries before they happen, the
NSW Waratahs rugby team turned to IBM® predictive analytics.
A PHYSICALLY TOUGH GAME
No pads worn. Players make 20–40 tackles per match. 1 in 4 get injured each season.
COMMON INJURIES THAT PLAYERS ENCOUNTER
soft tissue injuries
like hamstring strains
Knee & Shoulder
injuries result in the
most missed games
average number of games
missed by a player
missed due to
MISSING PLAYERS CAUSE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
Players with injuries are benched. The team is less competitive.
Fan experience and viewership declines.
Less ticket sales impact
Reduced revenues –
less budget to afford
USING ANALYTICS TO AVOID INJURY
Players are ﬁtted with
GPS trackers to measure
and monitor intensity
levels, collisions and
fatigue. The data is
combined with medical,
wellness and player
data to predict players
likely to be injured.
Using IBM predictive
analytics, the NSW
Waratahs can rapidly
aggregate and analyse
119 data points of all 35
players, predict risk of
injury and modify
training regimens for
players at risk.
GAINING A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
PREVENTING INJURIES AND NURTURING TALENT
In addition to creating tailored training programs, the NSW Waratahs are using IBM predictive
analytics to ensure more players are available for selection throughout the season.
Healthy, talented players. Better record. Viewership grows.
DATA IS A GAME CHANGER
From analysing player fatigue on the pitch to improving the way that
fans experience the game, data has become an integral part of the
sports world. To learn how IBM is using data to change the game on
and off the ﬁeld, visit ibm.com/sport
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