MLS Cup Winners LAFC improve Availability Through AI Informed Load Management

During LAFC’s 2022 MLS winning season, the multidisciplinary team (MDT) led by Gavin Benjafield applied Zone7 in their environment to assist with their player injury mitigation processes.

During Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)’s 2022 MLS winning season, the multidisciplinary team (MDT) led by Gavin Benjafield (Performance Director) and with support from John Thorrington (General Manager) and Steve Cherundolo (Head Coach), applied Zone7 in their environment.

Zone7 was utilized to assist with their player workload management and injury risk mitigation processes. The details contained within this case study reflect how Zone7 derived insights combined with the professional expertise of the personnel at LAFC can positively impact the professional soccer environment.

Full transparency concerning injuries and days lost was afforded to Zone7 during the 2021 & 2022 seasons. And as a result, Zone7 was able to generate the information contained within this report.

Key Statistics (20/21 v 21/22)

  • 53% reduction in days lost per games played
  • 69% reduction in days lost for non-contact injuries per games played
  • 17% reduction in injuries per game played
  • 350 less days lost year-on-year
  • $505k salary efficiency

Hear more from LAFC’s Gavin Benjafield, who joined Dr David Martin and Data Research Analyst Ben Mackenzie to discuss where data science meets sports science for the Leaders Performance Institute.

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