Partnering with leaders to answer the industry’s most important questions

The Future of Research is Here

Kitman Labs has new a arm of the company, aiming to produce meaningful research that solves the real challenges the industry faces.

Our first step? Listening to you about what you need.

Programming Practices and Loading Patterns in Team Sports

In sports, planning and programming for physical training alongside technical and tactical sequences is supposed to be an easy practice—especially when you have been doing this for a long time. If you’re working with Olympic sports and preparing for some yearly competition, there are a lot of resources in terms of training programming and periodization, and much that can be done to help athletes reach their maximum potential.







We surveyed  the industry to understand what’s important, what’s hard and the real challenges and barriers practitioners face today. Check out our thoughts on what we think the results mean for the industry and research and take a look at the published paper for more details.

We want research to be in the fabric of what we do, every day.

Here, at Kitman Labs we set ourselves apart from companies that talk about pushing the industry forward by walking the talk and putting innovation at the core of how we do things.

But innovation needs to be grounded in meaning, and so we are launching a new approach to research to support teams that want to build high performing organizations on and off the field.

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More About The Initiative

The Performance Intelligence Research Initiative is a research, education, and community engagement program designed to produce new evidence-based insights about on-field and off-field success. It also aims to accelerate the adoption of gold standard practices discovered through the research via interactive learning vehicles and engaging forums.

The goal of the research is to produce evidence-based best practices that will advance the fields of sports performance science, coaching, talent development and identification, and leadership.

  • Leadership, culture and alignment
  • Integrated communication, collaboration and decision making
  • Performance-led planning
  • Short and long term development strategies
  • Data-led decision-making
  • Continuous improvement and innovation
  • Data collection and data quality
  • Cross-departmental athletic development
  • Economics of player performance
  • Multi-disciplinary athlete care and development
  • Youth development and progression

The Research Team

Dr. Martin Buchheit
Head of Performance Intelligence Research
Dr. Derek McHugh

Head of Data Science

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Darcy Norman

Director of Performance Science

Andy Shelton

Performance Scientist

John Dams

Performance Scientist

Bryan Burnstein

Director of Performance Science

Leticia Herrmann

Data Scientist

Ray Hamill

Data Scientist

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Sam Gormley

Data Scientist

Maxime Settembre

Data Scientist

Dr. Jakim Berndsen

Data Scientist

Dr. Shane O’Mahony

Data Scientist

Ian Carey

Data Engineer

A Collaborative Approach

Together through collaboration we can uncover the industry challenges that are most important and apply our performance science, data science, and organizational science research expertise to solve them.

We need you to help us understand the biggest challenges you are facing. Guide us where you need help, and we’ll show you what we can do. We want to talk, we want to listen and we want to solve problems.