|Authors||T. Wiik, H. D. Johansen, S. A. Pettersen, I. Baptista, T. Kupka, D. Johansen, M. Riegler and P. Halvorsen|
|Title||Predicting Peek Readiness-to-Train of Soccer Players Using Long Short-Term Memory Recurrent Neural Networks|
|Afilliation||Communication Systems, Machine Learning|
|Project(s)||No Simula project|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Conference Name||Content-Based Multimedia Indexing (CBMI)|
We are witnessing the emergence of a myriad of hardware and software systems that quantifies sport and physical activities. These are frequently touted as game changers and important for future sport developments. The vast amount of generated data is often visualized in graphs and dashboards, for use by coaches and other sports professionals to make decisions on training and match strategies. Modern machine- learning methods have the potential to further fuel this process by deriving useful insights that are not easily observable in the raw data streams.
This paper tackles the problem of deriving peaks in soccer players’ ability to perform from subjective self-reported wellness data collected using the PMSys system. For this, we train a long short-term memory recurrent neural network model using data from two professional Norwegian soccer teams. We show that our model can predict performance peaks in most scenarios with a precision and recall of at least 90%. Equipped with such insight, coaches and trainers can better plan individual and team training sessions, and perhaps avoid over training and injuries.