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World cup: is there such a thing as a home advantage?

WORLD CUP: IS THERE SUCH A THING AS HOME ADVANTAGE? With Russia off to a strong start in the FIFA World Cup group stages, beating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, we decided to investigate the theory of home advantage. This report will explore why European nations have historically been so dominant at tournaments held on …

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S1 E5: Player monitoring in Major League Soccer, Jarryd Phillips, Minnesota United FC

Episode 5: Player monitoring in major league soccer In this episode, the Head of Sports Science for Minnesota United FC shares with Kitman Labs’ Performance Scientist a typical day of training and game preparation for Minnesota United FC. Jarryd Phillips, the Head of Sports Science, is passionate about player individualisation for treatment and training strategies. In …

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The Impact of Sleep and Travel on Performance during the World Cup

The Impact of Sleep and Travel on Performance during the World Cup The FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday, June 14 and most bookmakers have five-time winners Brazil and current holders Germany as the favourites. But like any sporting event, Russia 2018 will undoubtedly have plenty of twists and turns and one topical factor that …

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S1 E3: Introducing data analytics into Swedish Football, Mikael Klots, Hammarby IF

Introducing analytics into Swedish Football In this episode Kitman Labs’ VP of Operations, Kevin McLaughlin speaker with client and elite football Physiotherapist Mikael Klotz, from Hammarby Fotball. Hammarby Fotball is one of the most forward-thinking Fotball clubs currently in Sweden, reflected by it’s organisations goals: To become a top 3 club in their league To …

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ELITE FOOTBALL INJURY AUDIT

ELITE FOOTBALL 2017 INJURY AUDIT The 2017 Injury Audit examines the results of two elite football 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 …

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Houston Dynamo link up with Kitman Labs

The football season can be a long and arduous one. With a minimum of 34 games played by each side, that’s without even the prospect of a further 4 if they’re fortunate enough make the playoffs, it can really take its toll on the players. The loss of a player can completely destroy a teams entire …

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THE ATHLETE’S DYNAMITE: HAMSTRING INJURIES

THE ATHLETE’S DYNAMITE: HAMSTRING INJURIES The hamstring often brings us dazzling dunks, explosive runs, and other highlight plays, but it puts athletes on the sideline just as frequently. Hamstring injuries are the most common injury in sports and are particularly devastating in the Premier League: they have accounted for an astounding 41 per cent of …

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SOCCER INJURY PREVENTION BEST PRACTICES

Soccer is a high demand sport involving continually changing complex movement patterns, which presents a wide variety of musculoskeletal injury risk factors. Walking,running, sprinting, sudden changes in direction, jumping and body contact require a high grade of coordination and body control. Injuries are on the rise in soccer. For example, over the past 5 years …

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MANAGING THE UNPREDICTABLE: THE SEVERITY OF INJURIES IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

MANAGING THE UNPREDICTABLE: THE SEVERITY OF INJURIES IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE The league features world-class players from every continent, demanding the close attention of the football world from August to May. Like in all other sports leagues, however, be they professional, amateur, or recreational, injuries remain a nagging problem in the Premier League. To date, …

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WHAT IS THE REAL COST OF INJURIES IN PROFESSIONAL SPORT

WHAT IS THE REAL COST OF INJURIES IN PROFESSIONAL SPORT Stephen Smith | CEO at Kitman Labs 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 …

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