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Can economic principles inform player management?
Cost-benefit analysis is a term often heard in the world of economics. Businesses seek to maximise profits by comparing the costs and benefits of a proposed venture. Cost-benefit analysis is a valuable analytical technique that can also inform decisions in the clinical sports medicine setting.1 Specifically, cost-benefit analysis provides a useful framework to quantify the relationship between the ‘benefit’ of improved performance from a given training load, and the associated ‘cost’ of increased injury risk.
‘I Want You to Push Them to Breaking Point—Just Don't Break Them!’
Elite sport provides a starting point for any discussion relating to the costs and benefits of high workloads. Elite players are often exposed to year-long training and high match frequencies, with periods of a congested calendar, which sometimes increases injury risk.2–4 These competitive demands place physical stress on players, requiring well-developed physical qualities to avoid injury and illness, and to perform optimally. While proposing an economic analysis for evaluating costs and benefits in sports medicine may sound surprising, it is a process managers …