Kitman Labs and Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sports and Human Dynamic have signed a robust research partnership for performance intelligence designed to use data analysis and results beginning with NBA load management and back-to-backs impact on the health and performances of players. Additional studies per quarter will deep dive into women sports and other topics in the near future. Key Syracuse faculty and staff at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics department will work in synch with Kirtman Labs to gather measurable data and produce detailed findings to support the elite sports organizations already well-established work in the sports science and performance analytics areas. The Sports Techie community blog believes this collegiate business relationship aimed to assist research trained students with a career in the industry is one other universities need to look at as a potential scholastic program for the future. The first NBA case-studies are underway and scheduled to be released in the fall semester of 2023.
“We are proud to be able to work with Professor Rodney Paul and the students at Falk College on a series of critical research topics that will help better understand and amplify the work we are doing in the space with a wide number of teams, leagues and sports,” said Stephen Smith, CEO and Founder of Kitman Labs. “Our goal is to continue to dig deeper on the how and why tied to data and performance success, and having a cooperative research partner at Syracuse in this work will be invaluable in making these vital studies even more relevant, timely and actionable.”
NBA Performance Data
The NBA Playoffs are down to the Eastern and Western Conference finals. Star and role players including Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown on the Boston Celtics, along with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo of the Heat in the East, as well as Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray on the Denver Nuggets, and 38-year old Lebron James and Anthony Davis on the Los Angeles Lakers in the West, respectively, have already undergone a training camp, then played an 82-game season followed by double figure playoff games, wearing players down despite load management and back-to-back game rest. Kitman and Syracuse’s NBA-related case study findings will be the first to be released as the analysis is currently underway with initial results to be shared soon.
Syracuse University’s Sport Analytics Program
The Sport Analytics program in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University is a first-of-its kind program focusing on key skills to prepare students for a career using analytics in sports. The curriculum approaches sport analytics from both the player/team performance and business side of sports. Students gain skills related to high-level mathematics, coding and database work, business courses, visualization, statistical modeling, and machine learning. Students gain experience in sport analytics by collaborating with teams on campus and through partnerships with companies such as Kitman Labs. In its brief history, Syracuse Sport Analytics majors have placed with teams across all major leagues in sports, betting and daily fantasy companies, and tech and business companies using a wide range of analytical skills.
“Kitman Labs is doing important, innovative, and informative work in sports, and it’s an honor to have our students working on projects with them,” said Rodney Paul, Director of Syracuse University’s Sport Analytics program and a professor in the Department of Sport Management at Falk College. “From day one, they have shown a genuine interest in helping our students improve and preparing them for work in the industry. We are excited about current and future collaboration between the talented professionals at Kitman and our students.”
Kitman Sports Tech
The company’s proprietary advanced operating systems – iP: Intelligence Platform – is used by top teams and organizations across a variety of sports to optimize athlete performance, reduce injury risk, and enhance overall health, wellness and longevity.
Kitman Labs has a distinguished track record of working with top teams and athletes across a variety of sports, including soccer, basketball, rugby, and American football. The company’s sports technology has been used by teams in some of the world’s most elite sport organizations and universities such as the NCAA, Premier League, MLS and NFL.
This partnership with Syracuse University follows other recent business strategy moves Kitman Labs has undertaken. That includes the successful close of a $52M Series C funding round led by Guggenheim Investments, a global asset investment and advisory firm with more than $259 billion in assets under management, and two strategic acquisitions of The Sports Office and Presagia Sports, both made in the last two years. The combined companies represent the industry’s largest network of elite and youth organizations (700+) and created the industry’s largest dataset of talent, performance, and medical data for all stages of the athlete lifecycle.
Kitman Labs is headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA with offices in Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, UK.
Sports Techie, having a major presence at Syracuse University’s Sport Analytics program is another feather in the elite performance cap for Kitman.
I look forward to learning more about the upcoming NBA case study by the Falk College of Sports and Human Dynamic, as well as women studies and results.
Data and breakdowns could help shed light on the upcoming NBA Finals performance, fatigue, rest and recovery, if released in time.
Congrats to Syracuse University for helping Kitman advance sports performance analytics.
See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!
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