Leeds United follow Liverpool lead with innovative solution to avoid repeat injury
Leeds United will use artificial intelligence next season in hopes of limiting the injuries they pick up. The Whites were one of the hardest hit by injuries in the Premier League last year and as a result, they found themselves in a relegation battle at the bottom of the table.
Although they were short of a handful of senior names, Jesse Marsch’s side managed to secure their survival on the final day of the campaign and it looks like they are taking action to avoid an equally difficult season. United have signed up to use Zone7, an American company with an AI-powered human performance platform designed to help athletes reduce the risk of injury.
Liverpool, Rangers and Valencia are among the most prominent football clubs already using Zone7, while the platform is also used in the NFL and Premiership Rugby. Leeds will have opted to adopt the system in the first-team training and medical departments in hopes of giving Marsch the best possible chance of maximizing talent within his squad.
The algorithm works by analyzing player data on and off the pitch, with information on training and match days used as well as biometrics, strength, sleep and stress levels, to identify undetected risk patterns and create real-time injury threat alerts. It also strives to provide coaches with intervention methods, with data showing it has helped reduce injury rates by up to 50% at other football clubs.
“As we prepare for a third season in the Premier League, we are consciously improving and moving towards a more holistic approach to fitness which benefits our players’ recovery between matches,” said manager Victor Orta. football at Leeds United. “Zone7 is the perfect partner to help us harmonize the data we collect, optimize player performance and reduce injury incident rates.”
Rich Buchanan, Director of Performance, Co-Founder and CEO of Zone7, added: “Leeds United’s coaching and performance staff have a robust, data-driven approach to their training methodology. This creates a perfect environment for our technology to synchronize different sets of data, provide accurate alerts of heightened risk, and create actionable suggestions to reduce the likelihood of injury, while still exposing players to the stimulus of optimal training that ensures they can perform at their best on the pitch. field.”
Zone7 was used by Liverpool last season and with Jurgen Klopp’s side competing on all four fronts, figures show they suffered fewer injury problems than any other Premier League club during the end of the season. ‘year. Leeds hope to see similar numbers next season as they look to progress under Marsch.