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⭐Upside Chat with Stephen Smith, CEO, Kitman Labs, The World's Leading Sports Science & Performance Intelligence Company

⭐Upside Chat with Stephen Smith, CEO, Kitman Labs, The World's Leading Sports Science & Performance Intelligence Company

Today we have the honor of interviewing Stephen Smith CEO of Kitman Labs, the world's leading sports science and performance intelligence company with an established track record of working with top governing bodies, leagues, teams and athletes in some of the world's most elite sports organizations and universities including the NFL, NBA, Premier League, MLS, NWSL, and NCAA. 

Stephen founded Kitman Labs in 2012 to help professional and elite sports teams reduce injury risk and increase player availability. He previously served as Senior Injury Rehabilitation and Conditioning Coach at Leinster Rugby Club in Ireland for six years. Kitman Labs, headquartered in Dublin, opened its first US office in Menlo Park, California, in 2014. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree from Carlow Institute of Technology and a master's degree in Football Rehabilitation from Edgehill University. He is a self-professed sports science and athletic performance nerd.

Here is a picture of the Kitman Labs’ team dashboard and app:

Here is a video showcasing Kitman Labs’ vision:

2000+ clubs, leagues, governing bodies across the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A Bundesliga, Pro14, Premiership Rugby, and Japan's Top League use Kitman Labs' technology. Some of their customers include teams such as the LA Galaxy (MLS), Toronto FC (MLS), Chelsea FC, Everton FC (Premier League), Saracens, Ipswich Town FC, Bayer Leverkusen, New Jersey Devils, University of Colorado, Baylor University, Cubs (MLB), just to name a few.

Here are some testimonials from some of Kitman Labs’ customers:

"This partnership represents a significant development in how clubs and the Premier League can use data to support elite player development and personal growth across all club academies.", Tony Scholes - Chief Football Officer, Premier League

“By combining both the medical data from our new advanced EMR with our performance data, our staff, coaches and players are now equipped with the analytics and actionable intelligence necessary to work together to unlock optimal performance outcomes across the squad.", Sarah Smith – Head of Medical and Performance, Angel City FC

"Kitman Labs and the Columbus Crew are both deeply committed to fundamentally changing how data is used in sport to optimize performance, reduce injury risk, support operations, and ultimately drive success across every aspect of the organization, from the First Team, through Crew 2 and to the Academy.", Tim Bezbatchenko – President & General Manager, Columbus Crew

📝Show Notes: Through this interview, we touched on Stephen’s background, Kitman labs and one of its products called the Intelligent Platform. We also discussed the benefits for teams to use their products and business model. We also discussed the types of organizations using its products and what types of problems Kitman Labs is solving for them. We also touched on the major near term challenges or opportunities as it relates to how sports organizations integrate or leverage data. Lastly we touched on Kitman Labs’ plans for the next 12 months.

You can read the full transcript of the podcast interview with Stephen located at the top of this blog post.

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