Want to be better at sports? Listen to the machines

Want to be better at sports? Listen to the machines

The pattern-recognizing power of machine learning is affecting players, teams, sports medicine and even betting:

  • Seattle Sports Sciences is a company using the pattern-recognizing power of machine learning to revolutionize coaching and make advanced analytics available to teams of all kinds. The trend is touching professional sports and changing sports medicine.
  • Some systems can also detect and predict injuries. Sparta Science - a company that uses machine learning to gather data from electronic plates on the ground that measure force and balance. The system gathers 3,000 data points a second and a test — jumping or balancing — takes about 20 seconds.
  • Of course, it is inevitable that machine learning’s predictive power would be applied to another lucrative end of the sports industry: betting. Sportlogiq, a Montreal-based firm, has a system that primarily relies on broadcast feeds to analyze players and teams in hockey, soccer, football and lacrosse.