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Kitman Labs is the world's leading sports science and performance intelligence company. Our mission is to unlock the limits of human performance. In this podcast series, the Kitman Labs Team of experts, and an extended global network of professional sports practitioners, share their latest insights, learnings, and experiences from the world of sports and high performance.

The Game Changer Kitman Labs

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Kitman Labs is the world's leading sports science and performance intelligence company. Our mission is to unlock the limits of human performance. In this podcast series, the Kitman Labs Team of experts, and an extended global network of professional sports practitioners, share their latest insights, learnings, and experiences from the world of sports and high performance.

    S5 Ep3: Bridging the Gap - Improving Communication and Collaboration in Collegiate Athletics with Data

    S5 Ep3: Bridging the Gap - Improving Communication and Collaboration in Collegiate Athletics with Data

    In this episode, we delve into the challenges of fostering effective communication and collaboration across sports in the NCAA.  As athletic departments continue to expand - in staff size and expectations for holistic student-athlete care -  the separation between various sports, disciplines and departments present unique obstacles that demand innovative solutions. 

    We’ll hear from NCAA leaders who have implemented strategies to break down silos and promote synergy by consolidating and centralizing people, process and data; integrating data-driven and evidence-based insights; and cultivating a culture of collaboration and engagement. 

    Topics for discussion:
    * The evolving dynamics of NCAA sports programs and their impact on communication and collaboration in and across sports - with players, practitioners and administration

    * The role of centralized data and insights about health, mental well-being, performance, athlete status and more in providing cross-departmental, actionable insights that align staff

    * Strategies for fostering a collaborative mindset among coaches, athletes, and staff members, emphasizing the shared goal of athletic excellence

    * Exploring emerging trends and innovations in data and technology that have the potential to further transform communication and collaboration within collegiate sports programs


    Guests:
    Jason Avedesian, Ph.D  Director of Sports Science for Olympic Sports, Clemson University
    Eric Rash, Director of Applied Performance, Baylor University
    Matt Robinson, Athletic Trainer, Texas Tech

    • 45 min
    S5 Ep2: Powering Holistic Student-Athlete Care featuring Renee Kleszczynski from MSU & Josh Rucci from Georgia

    S5 Ep2: Powering Holistic Student-Athlete Care featuring Renee Kleszczynski from MSU & Josh Rucci from Georgia

    In this episode of Game Changer from Kitman Labs, CEO Stephen Smith is joined by Renee Kleszczynski from Michigan State University and Josh Rucci from the University of Georgia to discuss their respective approaches to change and transformation and the role of technology, data and analytics in improving the health and well-being of their student-athletes, increasing staff efficiency and success and enhancing collaboration across the medical, performance, and coaching teams.



    Topics include


    Michigan State University & University of Georgia's vision for holistic student-athlete care in the context of the NCAA Transformation Committee’s new standards
    The value of  a centralized data and analytics platform in unifying the Athletic Department and supporting objective, collaborative decision-making and communication across all practitioners and sport
    Thinking beyond the confines of a traditional EMR and AMS - when, where, and how to start the process of deploying an integrated operating system; lessons learned and pro tips for those ready to embark on the journey
    Keeping it simple - how to painlessly leverage technology to optimize current practices and procedures; generate practical insights and unlock athlete performance

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S5 Ep1: Leading and Innovating in Student Athlete Wellbeing with Baylor University’s Kenny Boyd

    S5 Ep1: Leading and Innovating in Student Athlete Wellbeing with Baylor University’s Kenny Boyd

    Baylor University is at the forefront of the transformation of student athlete health and well-being. From their vision and organization to their technology infrastructure and day-to-day engagement with student-athletes, Baylor is continuously innovating and evolving their delivery of a top notch student-athlete experience that balances holistic care and performance excellence.

    In this webinar, Stephen Smith is joined by Kenny Boyd, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Services, to discuss the myriad changes in NCAA athletics and Baylor’s unique approach to student-athlete care.

    Topics include:


    Baylor’s vision for the student-athlete experience and how they are driving and accelerating change with administration, coaches, practitioners and student-athletes
    The new NCAA Transformation Committee requirements for holistic care, increased access to services and medical coverage, and player health and safety measures
    Student-athlete care as a competitive advantage for player recruitment and retention
    How the changing conference landscape is impacting Baylor’s strategy for talent recruitment, retention, and approach to performance
    The importance of building systems and structures to support the holistic care model
    The value of data and technology to empowering each member of the student-athlete ecosystem to continuously deliver and innovate on the student-athlete experience

    Guest:

    Kenny Boyd, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Services, Baylor University

    Host:

    Stephen Smith, CEO & Founder, Kitman Labs

    • 44 min
    S4 Ep1: Breaking Silos, Building Teams: Lessons in NCAA leadership from Dartmouth’s Athletic Director Mike Harrity

    S4 Ep1: Breaking Silos, Building Teams: Lessons in NCAA leadership from Dartmouth’s Athletic Director Mike Harrity

    In this episode of the Game Changer podcast, learn about the leadership philosophy of Athletic Director Mike Harrity, Haldeman Family Director of Athletics and Recreation at Dartmouth College. With a 20-year career, leading athletic departments at West Point, Notre Dame and more, Mike shares how to break down silos to elevate the care and performance of NCAA athletes. Hear leadership lessons from Harrity’s new book Coaching Wisdom, offering an insider’s perspective on the greatest challenges in leadership and how to overcome them. 

    In this podcast, you’ll learn: 


    How to invest in the right technology for your organization 
    Why you need to create a shared vision for your athletic program 
    Cross-department communication strategies for large sports organizations 

    • 39 min
    S3 Ep8: Connect, Coordinate, Customize: Developing Young Talent into Champions

    S3 Ep8: Connect, Coordinate, Customize: Developing Young Talent into Champions

    Kitman Labs Performance Scientist Greg Sammons talks with England Rugby’s Men’s Pathway Athletic Performance Manager Robin Eager about the athletic development process for Under 18/Under 20 players, the importance of alignment and long-term planning for optimal physical development, and advice on when and how to use data insights to complement practitioners’ intuition and experience.

    • 29 min
    S3 Ep7: The Data Journey: Collaborating, engaging and creating change with data

    S3 Ep7: The Data Journey: Collaborating, engaging and creating change with data

    Director of Performance Science Darcy Norman chats with University of Colorado’s Adam Ringler, who openly shares best practices and lessons learned from CU’s innovative journey to a University-wide implementation of their strategic vision - a data-driven approach to enhancing the WHOLE athlete and the athlete experience.  

    • 1 hr 13 min

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