June 19, 2014

Catapult Sports and Stats team up off the court

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In a bid to continue their American expansion, Melbourne based athletic performance analysis company Catapult Sports has teamed up with sports content and technology company Stats Inc. to offer NBA and college basketball teams increased athlete tracking abilities.

The partnership will initially focus on basketball – Catapult currently has six NBA franchises as clients – but plans are in place to move into other sports in the future.

In combination, Stats will integrate game data from its SportVU player tracking technology with practice data via Catapult’s tracking monitors to provide a complete data snapshot on a single dashboard, targeted towards giving teams fresh insight into avoiding injury problems.

Catapult’s wearable GNSS and LPS tracking devices are worn under players’ jerseys in practice to capture data such as heart rate, speed, distance, metabolic power, jumps and acceleration and deceleration forces. Stats SportVU is a system of six in-stadium cameras aligned with the company’s software that produces statistics based around speed, distance, player separation and ball possession data.

Stats’ senior vice-president of sports solutions Brian Kopp said, “we learned a tremendous amount about the physical toll endured by an NBA player with our first full year of player tracking analytics. By combining these data sets we can help minimise injuries and maximise performance. This is incredibly valuable. Teams are investing millions of dollars into their players and we can help keep their talent on the court.”

Catapult chief executive Shaun Holthouse hailed the partnership adding, “we’ve owned this wearable technology in elite sport space for a while now, and our team is ruthless in pursuing new and better ways to enhance athlete performance and minimise the risk of injury. We are thrilled to be working with the Stats team to provide player insights that have never been possible before. This is an exciting step for anyone interested in sports, technology and/or data analysis.”

This is another chapter of Catapult’s ascent in the US, following on from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s purchase of a small stake in the company in April.


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