S2:E5 On the road to a Perfect Performance Department

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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.

 Dr Dittmar has been with the club since 2002 and played a considerable role in the planning and organization of the medical facilities during the modernization of the BayArena.

Key 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

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