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Injury Prevalence in the AFL

Injury Prevalence in the AFL For the last 26 years the Australian Football League has conducted a yearly injury surveillance survey to identify common, severe and increasing incidences of injury, with the outcomes helping to direct research and funding into prevention strategies. Since the first Injury Survey in 1992, and despite the impressive investment into …

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VALIDATION: IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DATA

VALIDATION: IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DATA Alterations in an athlete’s emotional state can result in an increased risk of injury – FACT! We know we should not compare individual athletes to their squad, nor their positional equivalent but to themselves. But how can we do that if we do not know what is truly representative of …

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ANALYSING INJURY AND PERFORMANCE RISKS IN THE NFL

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ELITE FOOTBALL INJURY AUDIT

ELITE FOOTBALL 2017 INJURY AUDIT The 2017 Injury Audit examines the results of two elite football teams that have been using the Kitman Labs Athlete Optimization System for at least 2 full seasons. The aim of the report is to look for trends within the data sets in order to help us better understand our …

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New findings suggest risk factors for hamstring injuries are more flexible than previously thought

New findings suggest risk factors are more flexible than previously thought Overview Hamstring injuries are a common injury risk in most field sports. The complexity from the dual-demands on the muscle, where actions are either hip-dominant or knee-dominant, has often caused researchers to contradict each other, leaving an incomplete consensus on the risk factors to screen …

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PERFORMANCE DRIVEN INTERVENTIONS: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN?

PERFORMANCE DRIVEN INTERVENTIONS: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? SUMMARY This step by step guide outlines how easy it is to link the data you are collecting back to team performance and injury history. In particular, the analysis of performance data of other winning teams can be key to understanding and shaping the pathway to …

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LOWER BACK PAIN IN CRICKET BOWLERS

INJURY IN CRICKET Epidemiological studies undertaken in Australia, South Africa, England and the West Indies have repeatedly demonstrated that fast bowlers have the highest risk of injury in cricket with the lower back being most susceptible to both traumatic and overuse injuries (Glazier, 2010). INJURY RISK FACTORS IN CRICKET The high prevalence of injury amongst …

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DREAM OF AN INJURY FREE TEAM – IS SLEEP MONITORING THE ANSWER?

Download this article in PDF format here.  It’s no surprise that sleep is an important consideration, not only to athletes, but also to the working individual. The function of sleep for overall health, learning new skills, and recovery has been well established; and a large amount of research has been carried out to investigate the effects …

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SLEEP MONITORING: CRITICAL? OR A SNOOZEFEST?

Written by Kitman Labs Head of Research, Susan Giblin, PhD. Download this article in PDF format here.  Download the infographic for this article here. INTRODUCTION Sleep–waking cycles are fundamental in human circadian rhythms and their disruption can have consequences for behaviour and performance. Athletes often have low sleep quality and quantity. Insufficient sleep among athletes may be due …

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NBA INSIGHTS: USING DATA TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

Written by Kitman Labs Performance Scientist, Andy Shelton. Download this article in PDF format here.  Kitman Labs works with a number of basketball teams at the professional and collegiate level. In this article we summarise some of our latest findings, focusing on 2 areas: 1. The assessment and enhancement of performance, and 2. The assessment and mitigation …

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