Biometrics are used in sports to identify talent, injury risk, and estimate readiness, according to Sparta Science founder Dr. Phil Wagner.
“The best way to think about it is as a Where’s Waldo-type scenario. It’s trying to find something in a very noisy environment,” he says. “And that Waldo can be anything from the best athlete to an injury risk or the optimal performance characteristic for that individual.”
Wagner says “there’s a need for better biometrics and talent identification.” Using the NFL as an example, he says that over the past seven years of the league’s first-round draft picks, just 53% “have panned out and been successful.”