PRE­DICT. PRE­VENT. PER­FORM

Move over, magic sponge: a new anal­y­sis tool is in town and it cal­cu­lates in­jury risk

Australian Four Four Two - - THE BEAUTIFUL GAME -

In­juries. They just hap­pen. Arsene Wenger could tell you that much – bad luck is to blame and there’s noth­ing you can do to pre­vent them. Right? Wrong. The way you kick, run and jump places unique stresses on parts of the body (and not just your arse when you land on it). Learn pre­cisely where your body is buck­ling and you can ad­just. That’s where Kit­man Labs come in. Jump around on cam­era for 90 sec­onds and their mo­tion-cap­ture tech grabs vi­tal biome­chan­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, with­out the need for those ta­ble ten­nis balls they stick on play­ers mak­ing FIFA pro­mos. It’s not dis­sim­i­lar to Xbox Kinect, but in­stead of em­bar­rass­ing your­self to Just Dance: Dis­ney Party, you can spot and cor­rect a body im­bal­ance or adapt train­ing be­fore in­jury strikes. Kit­man’s three-pronged sys­tem also fea­tures an app that asks play­ers about their well-be­ing, and ‘Pro­filer’, which pulls to­gether this data and more, in­clud­ing sleep pat­terns and in-game GPS track­ing. Ever­ton and Nor­wich City both use Kit­man, who even have famed Moneyball guru Billy Beane of­fer­ing them ad­vice. As Nor­wich physio Stu­art War­dle put it: “We can an­a­lyse the data in real time to spot any prob­lems that re­quire fo­cused as­sess­ment or pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures.” It sure beats be­ing told: “What you’ve done wrong there, mate, is fall over.”

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