Happy New Year!

Please find below a detailed explanation for January 2014 release.

1. New Site look. 

We have made some minor changes to the look of the website. These include changes to the homepage,calendar and to the medical notes.

2. Auto-Resolve.

In order to help reduce data entry we have now created an auto-resolve feature. This feature applies only to players who are not fully fit. If one of these players is;

  1. an injured/ill player is selected for the starting 11 when booking a match
  2. an injured/ill player is selected for the bench and is then substituted on
  3. an injured/ill player takes part any form of training other than ‘ Present [Rehabilitation]’

When you select any of these choice for n injured/ill player you will receive a confirmation message. If you do not wish for the player to have the incident resolve click ‘cancel’.

A quick note on Resolving Incidents (Injuries and Illnesses). 

Many of you will already be involved in large research studies. For those of you who are not it is important that you understand the current consensus statement n resolving injuries/illnesses. For the purposes of collecting injury data the severity of an  injury (or illness) is

The number of days that have elapsed from the date of injury to the date of the player’s return to full participation in team training and availability for match selection. [1]

Full participation is defined as a return-to-play (RTP) or full training (ie training not considered rehab). This is different from medically resolved, where an injury has has healed. An example would be a fracture finger. The player may RTP after 1 week but it may take 4-6weeks for the injury to medically resolve. However, as it is time-loss injuries that we wish to collect, as these have the biggest impact on availability, the injury is considers resolved as some as the player RTP for full training. Any recurrence or flare in this (index) injury will, for the purposes of research, be considered a Re-Injury.

Re-injury: An injury of the same type and at the same site as an index injury and which occurs after a player’s return to full participation from the index injury. [1]

It is important to bare this definition in mind when interpreting results. If you have any questions about this please contact us on enquires@benchmark54.com

3. Combined Exposure Overview.

The player exposure grid now displays combine match and training exposure. Each has slightly different codes the explain non-attendance. Use mouse-over to see a text box explanation.

4. Player availability report. 

The player availability reports are now downloadable as a PDF.

5. New Spanish Version. 

Benchmark54 is now available in Spanish as well as English and Brazilian-Portuguese. Navigate to your profile (in the main header) and select the language from the drop down in the next page.

6. Player duplication alert. 

Benchmark54 now contains several thousand players. If you try to add a player that we already have in our database you will receive an alert that they already exist. We will transfer them into your team once we have completed the relevant checks.


[1]: Fuller CW, Ekstrand J, Junge A, Andersen TE, Bahr R, Dvorak J, Hägglund M, McCrory P, Meeuwisse WH. Consensus statement on injury definitions and data collection procedures in studies of football (soccer) injuries. Br J Sports Med.2006 Mar;40(3):193-201. Review.

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