Rugby Union clubs Bath and Gloucester Rugby have announced a new partnership with sports science and technology company Kitman Labs.
The Silicon Valley-based company has signed three year deals, which will see its Athlete Optimisation System used at the two South West rugby clubs.
The medical and sports science teams at Bath and Gloucester Rugby will be using the Kitman Labs’ system to enable players to quickly and easily capture biomechanical information on a per athlete basis.
The software is today being used in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and the Premier League with Everton and Norwich City. The teams are able to evaluate player data in real-time and help reduce injury rates and increase team performance.
Stephen Smith, founder and CEO of Kitman Labs said: “We’re pleased to be partnered with clubs of Gloucester’s and Bath’s prominence and pedigree. My original vision for Kitman Labs stemmed from my role as a trainer for a professional Irish rugby club and these partnerships further strengthen Kitman Labs deep commitment to the sport.
“And whilst we remain focused on rugby, we’re also expanding our software service to US professional organisations, including baseball, basketball, American football and soccer.”
Allan Ryan, high performance manager at Bath Rugby, said: "We collect a huge amount of player data, and Kitman Labs makes that data much more powerful and actionable.
“The players enjoy the fact that it’s quick, the players can see the value via the feedback we can give them and it shows in the results.”
Bob Stewart, head of medical services at Gloucester Rugby said: “Injury Prevention is a huge part of any successful team, current evidence shows that keeping your squad fit and available throughout a season gives you the best chance of staying competitive. “
“Kitman Labs’ system has enabled us to collate and analyse huge amounts of data, which has allowed us to make informed, calculated decisions on a player’s fitness and well-being which will hopefully lead to success on the pitch.”
Bath and Gloucester Rugby are using the Athlete OS system to improve data flow to make educated decisions. The system enables both teams to understand how athletes are responding to stress, while gaining comprehensive insights into each athlete’s health, performance and injury risk.