Cape Town - SA Rugby has increased its commitment to player
welfare and continued its efforts to simultaneously maximise player performance
by partnering with leading USA sports science technology company, Kitman Labs.
SA Rugby has reached an agreement with California-based
Kitman Labs to provide analytics with the aim to reduce injury incidence and
promote player performance, as an enhancement at the elite end of the game.
This is a timely addition, following the success of the
ongoing BokSmart Rugby Safety Programme since its official introduction almost
seven years ago.
Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimisation System (AOS) will be
rolled out to the Springboks, the Junior Springboks, Springbok Sevens, Women’s
Sevens teams, and across its Elite Player Development programmes.
“Kitman Labs will provide us with an easy-to-use tool to
collect and store all the screening, injury, illness and workload data from
across the organisation in one central depository,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“We are able to collect data from each of our players before
they even come into camp, then put it to work immediately. Research has shown
that teams with fewer injuries have an increased chance of winning.
“This type of ‘second generation’ solution enables the team
medical and conditioning staff to identify players potentially at risk, and
then work with those players individually to reach peak performance ability and
to reduce their associated injury risk.”
Stephen Smith, CEO and Founder of Kitman Labs, said: “This
is the second time a governing body has adopted our entire product suite across
multiple teams. Last year we established a similar partnership with the IRFU
and feedback has been fantastic.
“SA Rugby recognises the need for a quick and simple way to
look at and analyse all of their players’ data in one place. We look forward to
working with SA Rugby and helping them to remain one of the most advanced and
innovative sporting bodies in the world.”
Kitman Labs has agreements around the world, with amongst
others Bath and Gloucester rugby clubs in England, Barclays Premier League’s
Norwich City and Everton, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, the MLS’ Seattle Sounders
and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.