Game Changer Podcast 2018-06-12T13:13:55+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.


The impact of sleep and travel on performance in the World Cup and Major League Soccer

Pierre Barrieu, Director of Sports Performance, LA Galaxy & FIFA Advisor

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.