The Game Changer Podcast

We started the Game Changer podcast series to have interesting conversations with interesting people. You’ll find a wide variety of topics – about people, organizations, athletes, technology, culture and more – from some of the world’s best sports practitioners. 

Join us from the gym, in your car, or on your way to your next game. 

Latest Episode

Season 2, Episode 5:
On the Road to the Perfect Performance Department

In the latest Game Changers podcast, Darcy Norman hosts a fascinating discussion with Dr Karl-Heinrich Dittmar, Head of the Medical Departments at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

 Highlights Include:

  • How Dr. Dittmar structured and aligned 36 staff across sports science, fitness, rehabilitation, coaching management and sports psychology

  • The strategies used to turn Big Data into digestible, actionable information for coaching and medical staff

  • The importance of key player availability for a team competing against opponents with superior financial backing

  • Striking the right balance with player load: when to taper players workload and when to push them further in search of peak match day performance

  • Quickfire Q & A on the application of data in an elite sport environment


Stephen Smith,  CEO and Founder

Stephen’s expertise is in injury rehabilitation and sports physiology. Prior to founding Kitman Labs in 2012, Stephen worked as Leinster Rugby's Senior Rehabilitation Coach. His vision and experience guides the direction of product development and the company.

John Dams, Performance Science APAC

John has worked for over 20 years in professional sport and has been the Head of Performance at the English Premiership rugby team Harlequins and with the New South Wales Waratahs. He has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach with Leicester Tigers and Wellington Rugby.

Kevin McLaughlin,  VP of Operations - EMEA

Kevin is a retired professional rugby player, having represented both Leinster Rugby and the Irish National Team. He has first hand experience using Kitman Labs' Athlete Mobile. Today, Kevin plays a crucial role in Kitman Labs evolution into European sport

Andy Shelton,  Performance Scientist

With over 10 years experience of directing sports science departments in a variety of elite sports environments, Andy is Kitman Labs’ first Applied Sports Scientist. Today he works for Kitman Labs alongside some of the world's best sports teams, helping them to understand injuries and unlock performance.

Darcy Norman, Performance Scientist

Darcy is currently a consultant for the USA Men’s National Soccer Team as well as being Kitman Labs Head of Performance. His specialties lie in creating and implementing methodologies, applied data, training and managing medical, rehab, fitness, nutrition, psychology and sports science staff at the highest level.