The goal of this competition is to detect external contact experienced by players during an NFL football game. You will use video and player tracking data to identify moments with contact to help improve player safety.
The National Football League (NFL) has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to strengthen its commitment to predict player injuries. The NFL aspires to have the best injury surveillance and mitigation program in any sport. With your machine learning and computer vision skills, you can help the NFL accurately identify when players experience contact throughout a football play.
In prior years, the NFL challenged the Kaggle community to create helmet impact detection and identification algorithms. This year the NFL looks to automatically identify all moments when players experience contact. This competition will be successful if we can reliably detect moments when players are in contact with one another and when a player’s body is in contact with the ground.
Currently, the NFL uses its tracking system to monitor a large number of statistics about players’ load during the season. The league has a solution that predicts contact between players, but it only leverages the player tracking data. This competition hopes to improve the predictive power by including video in addition to tracking data. Categorizing ground contact will also provide a more comprehensive view of impacts, improving analysis for player health and safety.
More accurate data is an important step toward the NFL’s injury surveillance and mitigation goals. With complete contact detection, the league can identify correlations between certain types of contact and injury, a contributor to future prevention. Your efforts could help mitigate unsafe situations to reduce injury to all players.
The National Football League is America’s most popular sports league. Founded in 1920, the NFL developed the model for the successful modern sports league and is committed to advancing progress in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of sports-related injuries. This competition is part of the Digital Athlete, a joint effort between the NFL and AWS to build a virtual, 360-degree representation of an NFL player’s experience. The Digital Athlete hopes to generate a precise picture of what they need when it comes to preventing and recovering from injuries while performing at their best. Health and safety efforts include support for independent medical research and engineering advancements as well as a commitment to work to better protect players and make the game safer, including enhancements to medical protocols and improvements to how our game is taught and played. For more information about the NFL’s health and safety efforts, please visit the NFL Player Health and Safety website.
1st Place – $50,000
2nd Place – $25,000
3rd Place – $13,000
4th Place – $7,000
5th Place – $5,000