A cynical question, perhaps, given that Kitman Labs is all about using sport science to increase player performance safely. But it’s a question continually asked, even if not 100% directly or so bluntly, by the coaches we meet every day.
Based on Kitman Labs research into player data collected from our Athlete Optimization SystemTM, we have noted that there is a distinct pattern of indicators preceding a hamstring injury that can be used to enhance injury monitoring and prevention protocols.
The Summer Olympic Games 2016, officially the XXXI Olympiad, will be held in Rio from the 5th - 21st of August this year. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will compete in 28 Olympic sports at 33 venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.
In sports over the last 8-10 years, we have seen an explosion of data collection. Screening protocols, sensors and wearables have provided an abundance of information about athletes during training and competition. The accumulation of data can (unfortunately) sometimes lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’.
The Kitman Labs Injury Assessment Report 2016 includes 5 teams that have been using the Kitman Labs Athlete Optimization System for at least 2 full seasons. The aim of the report is to look for trends within the data sets in order to help us better understand our impact on the teams we partner with here at Kitman Labs. For the sake of our customers privacy, the data is anonymized.
We all know that injuries are a huge problem in sport today and we know they are on the rise. Nobody likes to see injuries happen to athletes and we all believe that teams are negatively affected when they are without their best talent. The question I want to explore today is “do we understand how much injuries truly affect teams?”