Keep your Players on the Ice: Applying Catapult Data in Hockey to Reduce Injuries and Improve Performance
Hockey analytics have exploded over the past few years, offering team’s new tools to evaluate player performance and value on the ice. A large limitation of these tools, however, is that players must be on the ice for them to be effective. Hockey, historically, has a terrible track record of keeping its players on the ice, with NHL teams losing an average of 252 player games per season to injury over the past decade. Catapult has enormous potential to significantly reduce the number of injuries and elongate the careers of players by providing data critical to understanding an athlete’s future risk of injury, enabling teams to make informed adjustments in-season to ensure the player stays healthy and on the ice.