Does a Proclamation of Increased Workout Load Matter?

February 20, 2010

(This article was first published on The Prince of Slides, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I forgot to link this up, but I have a new article (joint with our editor) over at Fantasy Ball Junkie. I run an extremely crude model to see if players who were mentioned in the media as having lost weight, gained muscle, gained speed, got eye surgery would see better performance than expected (by a simple projection system) in the coming year. Turns out that it’s all talk (which I would have expected), but it seems that there are differences between the groups of players who choose to and choose not to have new regimens in terms of the talent and age of the players. I would expect this as well, given that players who are in the media more for being better in general likely are also more likely to be mentioned by the media for a new offseason regimen.

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