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Data Analytics Fueling Hammarby’s Season Thanks to Partnership with Award-Winning Kitman Labs

Powered by insights on performance and player health, Hammarby is eyeing a top-three finish in the Swedish Allsvenskan.


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Monday, November 5 2018Hammarby Fotboll’s attempt for a top three finish in Sweden’s Allsvenskan has been boosted thanks to new partnership with award-winning sports science company Kitman Labs and their Athlete Optimization System™. Medical and performance staff at Hammarby Fotboll use Kitman Labs’ cloud-based platform and mobile apps to monitor player health in real-time, leveraging insights from the system to make evidence based decisions on how to drive performance or reduce injury risk.

Mikael Klotz, Hammarby’s Head of Medical, spearheaded the new partnership with Kitman Labs and speaks highly of the changes the system has made so far.

“By entering data for individual athletes into Kitman Labs, the coaches now have a good way to measure and manage player load each week. We also use the system’s flexible alarms to identify fatigue markers, which I can use to quickly highlight which athletes are at risk and make immediate modifications to their training to reduce this risk.”

Part of Hammarby Fotboll’s decision to partner with Kitman Labs came from the organisations ambition to build a winning culture and be Allsvenskan’s leading high performance team. The development of their new training centre is a testament to Hammarby’s determination to achieve this goal. The centre which is due to launch later this year will include Kitman Labs’ station-based screening and markerless biomechanical products that will help staff to seamlessly collect data from athletes.

Hammarby Fotboll are the latest in a long line of elite sports clubs across the globe to join forces with Kitman Labs, which has offices in Dublin, Republic of Ireland and Silicon Valley, California, USA. Kitman Labs works with over 150 teams across the planet and the company’s systems are available in 30 different languages – including Swedish.

“It’s great to see that our latest innovations have helped Hammarby to leverage all the data they are collecting, and in turn helped them to deliver a winning performance across the whole season,” said Stephen Smith, CEO and Founder of Kitman Labs.

Kitman Labs’ other football-based clients include EPL clubs Everton and AFC Bournemouth, Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers, Bundesliga side FC Augsburg and MLS teams LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo and MLS champions Toronto FC. The UFC, National Rugby League (Australia), Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees and both the Irish and South Africa rugby unions are among Kitman Labs clients in other sports.


At Kitman Labs, we’re committed to the evolution of performance. Through advanced statistical analysis, rigorous scientific research and unparalleled industry experience, our system evaluates athletic injury with unprecedented precision and embodies the cutting edge of injury risk prevention technology. Our experienced team of sports scientists understands the nuances of each sport we work with and respects the uniqueness of every team and every athlete. Our system has been designed to determine the individual needs of each user and was developed to excel in the data-driven world of elite sports. We’re committed to harnessing data enabling our users to find the true sources of injury – and to intervene before injuries ever occur.  Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimisation System recently won the inaugural Performance Technology of the Year prize at the prestigious BT Sport Industry Awards 2018. The System is proving increasingly popular within elite sport because, for the first time ever, individual athletes’ data is processed in one place. This enables coaches and sports science staff to interpret all individual data via real-time, intelligent alerts to help them understand athletes with unprecedented precision, make informed decisions and

Photo credit: Roland Osbeck


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