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Patrick, thanks for digging into this. I think this is an important issue for several reasons. Ralph complains every season about how many key players are hurt and appears to use it as an excuse. If key players keep getting hurt what are the reasons? Is it a stamina issue where once a players gets tired the chances of getting hurt increases? If so thats on the strength trainer. Or is it a technique issue? It seems to me that a lot of line players have been getting injured lately and the fact that they seem ineffective when protecting the QB and when rushing the opposing QB makes me think that the linemen are badly coached when it comes to technique. I think Ralph should look into this if he hasn't already to figure out why so many players keep getting hurt every season.


This is a very interesting year-by-year breakdown, but you didn't answer the question in your blog post title! You didn't compare Maryland's injuries to any other teams.

While this may be time intensive, it would be very interesting to see, especially because our coaches tend to use the injury excuse often. If it turns out that the other teams in the ACC have had comparable man-years lost for starters and non-starters, then we are left with nothing but an inexplicable act of God -- the fact that it only rained last season when Maryland had the ball.


Also if our players do turn out to be injured more often than those on other teams, is that bad luck also some poor training/preparation?


Shawn ---

At least I said it would be difficult to figure that out and probably couldnt answer the question. Heres why:

Schools dont publish their list of scholarship players. You can guess, mostly pretty accurately in 95 percent of the cases. But some schools also dont include a participation chart in their media guides, which is exactly where Im culling all this data from.

It is a time-intensive process, and maybe Ill wind up digging into it eventually. Just dont see that happening this week.


So I guess you could only compare schools that publish participation charts?

It's interesting to know which years have been more injury riddled than others in absolute terms, but I wonder how they compare relatively to others.

If you have a lot of time, you could create some type of "Injury Index."

For each week, you could calculate the % of all players available and the % of starters available for each week and your game previews could include something along the lines of

"Injuries/suspensions/etc: Maryland has 85% of projected starters available but UNC only has 70%"

At the end of the season, you could say something like Maryland had 90% of its starters available for all games while Maryland's opponents had 85% during the games they played against Maryland. One more sports metric..


Shawn ---

In a world without money, Id probably tackle that project immediately.

As it stands, project is the perfect word to describe it. It would be a curious metric, and surely more valuable and enlightening in the macro than the micro. The question is whether it would be so valuable as to invest several hours (minimum) into coming up with it.

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