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Turning data to decisions: Houston Dynamo partners with Kitman Labs to increase player availability and performance


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Objective insights support team’s dynamic performance and coaching strategy and reduces days lost to injury by 76%

Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo have successfully implemented Kitman Labs, the leading sports injury and performance analytics company, to make decisions in support of the team’s unique approach to game time, training, and treatment, the two organizations announced today. The Dynamo coaches use Kitman Labs’ latest innovations to quantify and manage athlete risk, ensuring the best overall team performance across a long and often game-congested season.

Since deploying Kitman Labs, the club has seen 63 percent fewer injuries and 76 percent fewer days lost to injury. The club also experienced 88 percent reduction in strains and sprains, the most common and costly type of injury according to the Kitman Labs 2016 Injury Impact Index for Major League Soccer.

“We have a strategy for using our players across the season, and having the right combination available and in peak performance is critical to our efforts,” said Paul Caffey, Houston Dynamo Performance Director. “Kitman Labs is integral to executing on our strategy by providing the facts and objective measures about the readiness of our players that the head coach and I use every day to determine how we train and manage game minutes for our athletes. The results so far this year already speak for themselves.”

The Dynamo use Kitman Labs to collect, aggregate and analyze athlete data. They join a family of over 75 teams from five continents in nearly 30 leagues.

“We are constantly innovating so that clubs have the best tools to achieve their growth, advancement, and playoff goals. It’s exciting to see one of our biggest innovations this year – analytics that quantify injury risk – contributing to the success of the Dynamo,” said Stephen Smith, Founder and CEO of Kitman Labs. “We see a world, by finding meaning in all the data being collected, in which athletes can be bigger, stronger, faster, AND stay out of injury trouble.”

Further, in a time when the sports industry is exploding with data and devices and yet struggling to interpret it all, the 2017 playoff contender Dynamo are now able to focus on the key metrics that most impact risk, saving time for athletes and focusing collaborative coaching discussions.

About Kitman Labs

Kitman Labs is ushering in a new era of injury prevention and sports performance. Through advanced statistical analysis, rigorous scientific research and unparalleled industry experience, our technology embodies the cutting edge of injury prevention technology. Our Athlete Optimization System is used by elite professional and collegiate teams worldwide to identify high risk athletes and intervene before injuries ever occur.

About the Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first 11 seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times. The team trains in the Houston Methodist Champions’ Field at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to or call (713) 276-7500.


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