Game Changer Podcast 2018-06-26T15:13:38+00:00

The Game Changer is a podcast series founded and managed by Kitman Labs to perpetuate the sharing of knowledge and experience from some of the world’s best sporting practitioners.


Home continent advantage – fact or fiction?

Darcy Norman, High Performance Consultant, German National Team

In this podcast Darcy Norman, Director of AS Roma and current Performance Advisor to the German National team joins Stephen Smith to challenge the view of a home-continent advantage.

After their historic World Cup win in 2014 in Brazil, Darcy shares how the German team’s wise investments off the field helped them to succeed on the field. Will these same tactics pay off in their 2018 pursuit? Listen now and let us know what you think!


Mike Potenza, Director of Strength & Conditioning, San Jose Sharks:

For over a decade Mike Potenza has been an integral part of the National Hockey Team, the San Jose Sharks. In this episode, Mike shares his own personal journey towards the NHL and some of the key performance methodologies he has developed along the way.

Part one of his talk with Kitman Labs’ CEO, Stephen Smith, will cover:

  • How Mike’s experience with multiple, collegiate sports has helped to influence training methodologies with professional ice hockey players
  • Avoiding the trap of maintenance and monotony in-season, and striving for training with stimulus and intensity
  • Developing new, young talent as the season begins.

Stay tuned for part two where Mike will share some insights from the NHL combines and how to identify a future champion.



Pierre Barrieu, Director of Performance, LA Galaxy:

Pierre Barrieu, Sleep Expert and Director of Performance at MLS team the LA Galaxy, speaks with Kitman Labs’ Performance Scientist Andy Shelton. Pierre, who was also part of Team USA’s previous FIFA World Cup Campaigns, shares stories on how he managed athlete wellbeing during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Listen now to get game changing insights and tips on how to manage your athletes during transition periods.

Mike Wickland, Coordinator of Preventative Programs, New York Yankees:

In this podcast Performance Scientist Andy Shelton catches up with the New York Yankees Player Development Coordinator, Mike Wickland. Mike shares with Andy his experience on collecting meaningful data, and in particular how to understand this data to better suit the needs of the individual. From this method, Mike has been able to apply the data, optimising the training and treatment plans of the individual athlete.

Data monitoring in Major League Soccer

Jarryd Phillips, Head of Sports Science, MNUFC

In part one of this two part series, Jarryd shares with Andy a typical day of training and game preparation for Minnesota United FC.

Jarryd who is the Head of Sports Science for MNUFC, is passionate about player individualisation for treatment and training strategies. In this episode he shares tactics for collecting, monitoring and applying data to optimise the individual athlete in the lead up to match day.

Data in Professional Rugby

Charlie Higgins, Head of Performance, Leinster Rugby

Kitman Labs’ VP of Operations, Kevin McLaughlin recently caught up with Charlie Higgins, Head of Athletic Performance for Leinster Rugby. In this podcast Charlie and Kevin discuss their respective experiences within Rugby Union, particularly around the evolution and application of technology to support athlete performance.

Charlie Higgins is well respected within the performance industry, having worked in professional rugby (both the Southern and Northern hemisphere) for 18years, whilst Kevin previously played at an elite level for 8years, representing both Leinster Rugby and Ireland’s national team.

Data to Drive Performance

Jake Schuster, Head of Strength and Conditioning, Florida State University

Kitman Labs’ CEO and Founder, Stephen Smith sat down with Florida State University Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jake Schuster. In this podcast Jake shares some of his personal performance philosophy around strength, speed and plyometrics. He also shares how he has been using data to help enhance performance within FSU’s Athletics Department.

Introducing Data Analytics and Monitoring in Swedish Football

Mikael Klotz, Head of Medical, Hammarby Fotbol

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:

  1. To become a top 3 club in their league
  2. To be the leaders in Sports Science for Sweden
  3. To have world class performance facilities

In an effort to further these goals, Mikael approached Kitman Labs, a technology leader in athlete optimisation, now he shares his journey of implementing the Kitman Labs platform, and what benefits he and the staff at Hammarby Fotball have experienced after just a few months of using the Kitman Labs system.