Improving predictor selection for injury modelling methods in male footballers



Philp, Fraser, Al-Shallaw, Ahmad, Kyriacou, Theocharis, Blana, Dimitra and Pandyan, Anand
Improving predictor selection for injury modelling methods in male footballers.

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Abstract

<p>This study evaluated whether combining existing methods of Elastic net for zero-inflated Poisson and zero-inflated Poisson regression methods could improve real life applicability of injury prediction models in football. Predictor selection and model development was conducted on a pre-existing dataset, from a single English football teams’ 2015/2016 season. The Elastic Net for zero-inflated Poisson penalty method was successful shrinking the total number of predictors in the presence of high levels of multicollinearity. It was additionally identified that easily measurable data, i.e. mass and body fat content, training type, duration and surface, fitness levels, normalised period of “no-play” and time in competition could contribute to the probability of acquiring a time loss injury. Furthermore, prolonged series of match play and increased in-season injury reduced the probability of not sustaining an injury. For predictor selection, the Elastic net for zero-inflated Poisson penalised method in combination with the use of ZIP regression modelling for predicting time loss injuries have been identified appropriate methods for improving real life applicability of injury prediction models. These methods are more appropriate for datasets subject to multicollinearity, smaller sample sizes and zero-inflation known to affect the performance of traditional statistical methods. Further validation work is now required.</p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 09:48
Last Modified: 17 May 2021 12:00
DOI: 10.31236/osf.io/r2tj4
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3123028