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Occasional piece: On the value of team medical staff - can the 'Moneyball' approach be applied to injuries in professional football?
  1. John W Orchard (johnorchard{at}
  1. University of Sydney, Australia


    Statistical analysis of professional football (soccer) is leading to the conclusion that the team medical staff may be substantially undervalued in the market. Statistically, a player's value is a product of his 'skill' and 'durability' (percentage of games he is available to play). The team medical staff is probably more relevant to the second factor than is realised.

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