How data analytics and sports science helped Ireland on their Grand Slam quest

How data analytics and sports science helped Ireland on their Grand Slam quest When analysing why Ireland go into this weekend’s game at Twickenham on the verge of a Grand Slam and England do so looking to avoid a third successive defeat, it is impossible to ignore that Joe Schmidt’s side look far fresher than […]

Kevin McLaughlin hired to help Kitman Labs’ European expansion

Kitman Labs Hire former IRFU Player Kevin McLaughlin The former Leinster and Ireland rugby international player Kevin McLaughlin, has joined Kitman Labs, as Vice President of Operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. McLaughlin won eight Ireland caps and had more than 100 appearances for Leinster before retiring last year on medical ground. The appointment […]

REPEATED PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY AT THE RUGBY WORLD CUP

REPEATED PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY AT THE RUGBY WORLD CUP From a physical perspective rugby is one of the most challenging sports in the world. Professional players spend all week preparing themselves to peak physically and mentally on game day. They then empty themselves physically and emotionally on the pitch and have to begin the process all […]

BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER…BUT SAFER?

BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER…BUT SAFER? Now backs need to be similar in body mass to forwards. Interestingly, rugby strength and conditioning coaches often spend time studying what their counterparts in the NFL are doing. The gaps in power and size between the two sports is growing ever narrower, and a concussion epidemic is putting players in […]

INJURIES IN RUGBY – THE LATEST TRENDS

INJURIES IN RUGBY – THE LATEST TRENDS Winter is coming and with it comes the arrival of the November Series Rugby Internationals but given the mounting injury concerns for some of the “Home Nations” it promises to be a testing few weeks against some of the southern hemispheres finest. With this latest spate of injuries […]