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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2016.
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It is increasingly important for professional sports teams to monitor player fitness in order to optimize performance. Models have been put forward linking fitness in training to performance in competition but rely on regular measurements of player fitness. As formal tests for measuring player fitness are typically time-consuming and inconvenient, measurements are taken infrequently. As such, it may be challenging to accurately predict performance in competition as player fitness is unknown.Alternatively, other data, such as how the players are feeling, may be measured more regularly. This data, however, may be biased as players may answer the questions differently and these differences may dominate the data. Linear Mixed Methods and Support Vector Machines were used to estimate player fitness from available covariates at times when explicit measures of fitness are unavailable. Using data provided by Glasgow Warriors Rugby Club, a case study was used to illustrate the application and value of these models. Both models performed well with R2 values ranging from 60% to 85%, demonstrating that the models largely captured the biases introduced by individual players.
Author(s): Revie M, Wilson KJ, Holdsworth R, Yule S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Print publication date: 01/04/2017
Online publication date: 01/01/2017
Acceptance date: 29/04/2016
Date deposited: 31/10/2016
ISSN (print): 1747-9541
ISSN (electronic): 2048-397X
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