The Australian National Rugby League teams have joined forces with sports science technology company Kitman Labs to develop a national programme to advance athlete performance and understand the factors affecting injury risk.
The programme stretches across the Kangaroos, Jillaroos, Junior Kangaroos (Under 20’s) and Australian Schoolboys (Under 18’s) squads, all of whom will use Kitman Labs during international camps and fixtures to monitor players, quantify injury and performance metrics, and inform coaches of player status.
Troy Thomson, head of performance at the NRL, commented: “International rugby league is the pinnacle of a player’s career and it is important that the on- and off-field support matches that status. We have a duty to both the players and the clubs to use best technology available to deliver the best training and treatment programmes.
“Kitman Labs is leading the field in sports science and analytics and their advanced technology allows us to make the most of the limited time we have available with the players during international camps. It provides us with a platform to deliver key real-time health and performance information to our coaches and back to the player’s club.”
Stephen Smith, CEO of Kitman Labs, commented: “The Australian National Rugby League organisation has fully embraced the evolution of sports performance and we are looking forward to helping them progress their player development and performance strategies by using data and analytics. Not only are we simplifying their processes, we’re providing advanced insights and communication tools.”
Thomson added: “The feedback from the players has been superb and the simple and effective user interfaces have made it very easy for us to integrate Kitman Labs as part of our performance structure.”
Kitman Labs has a strong base in the NRL at the club level with North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders already using Kitman Labs as a core component of their performance programme. In addition, some of the world’s biggest rugby leagues and teams use Kitman Labs to keep their players healthy and playing their best.