The Game Changer Podcast

We started the Game Changer podcast series to have interesting conversations with interesting people and challenge ourselves and the industry to find new ideas.

Latest Episodes

Season 3, Episode 8:
Connect, Coordinate, Customize: Developing Young Talent into Champions

Robin Eager
Rugby Football Union

Greg Sammons
Kitman Labs

Kitman Labs Performance Scientist Greg Sammons talks with England Rugby’s Men’s Pathway Athletic Performance Manager Robin Eager about the athletic development process for Under 18/Under 20 players, the importance of alignment and long-term planning for optimal physical development, and advice on when and how to use data insights to complement practitioners’ intuition and experience. 

Season 3, Episode 7:
The Data Journey: Collaborating, engaging and creating change with data

Director of Performance Science Darcy Norman chats with University of Colorado’s Adam Ringler, who openly shares best practices and lessons learned from CU’s innovative journey to a University-wide implementation of their strategic vision – a data-driven approach to enhancing the WHOLE athlete and the athlete experience.  

You’ll take away insights on:

  • Reflections: The 8 Steps to Colorado’s university-wide Program
  • The power of a shared vision and mission
  • Using data to understand and enhance the whole (360° view) athlete – where they are now, and where they want to be in the future
  • The Hierarchy of Learning, and how Colorado improved at every phase and brought the university together by sharing best practices 
  • How data changes conversations with athletes, coaches, staff
  • The role of data in measuring the efficacy of practitioners as well as objectively assessing outcomes
  • Advice on choosing the right technology partner and what to look for

Adam Ringler

Assistant Director
of Strength and Conditioning
University of Colorado Boulder


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.

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