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Hearts Stars Trial Software That Predicts Injuries


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Adam King and fellow Hearts players undertake tests under the watchful eyes of the Heriot-Watt team.

The Indicio system is designed to provide a complete picture of the health and fitness level of an athlete.

Credit: Edinburgh Evening News

New software developed at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, could be used to determine when athletes are at risk to suffer an injury.

The Indicio system is designed to record information such as the type of training session, underlying medical issues, and level of fatigue, and compile it to provide a complete picture of the health and fitness level of an athlete. The software then predicts when an athlete should pull back from a full training program to avoid injuries.

Heriot-Watt professor David Corne collaborated with sports scientists Neil Gibson and David Sykes on the project. Gibson says injury predictions are more precise when many factors, including variables such as weather, type of pitch, and even jet lag are accounted for. "The greatest cause of injury is not the intensity but the duration of exercise, therefore the data will be able to indicate when a lower volume of training may be more suitable," he says.

The Stars for the Hearts soccer club will participate in a trial program involving the software, while a commercial version of Indicio, which will focus on soccer, will likely be available later this year. However, Corne notes "the underlying technology is applicable to any sport."

From Edinburgh Evening News
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