UFC Partners with Kitman Labs for Program to Analyze, Prevent Fighter Injuries

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 30, 2017
The UFC has entered a multi-year partnership with Kitman Labs to “deliver an innovative sports science and medicine program to all athletes” competing within the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Injury withdrawals are common in the UFC due to the nature of the sport and the training camps fighters must go through in order to prepare. When athletes under UFC contract visit the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Kitman labs data will be utilized to better understand when a fighter might be in danger of suffering an injury as well as how to keep the athlete operating at a high performance level.

According to a release, “staff members will use Kitman Labs solutions to gather and consolidate information that will be used to monitor performance and analyze injury trends. Kitman Labs analytics will allow members of the Performance Institute staff to accurately quantify key performance and injury risk factors, along with providing personalized training programs for athletes to use remotely. The remote coaching program allows athletes to share information pertaining to their individual progress or potential signs of injury, in efforts to track training and health improvements with Performance Institute staff in real-time.”

“We are honored to work with UFC to bring advanced science and analytics to this world-class sport and these incredible athletes,” Kitman Labs Founder and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Smith said. “The UFC is showing a unique and progressive attitude by proactively investing in protecting the welfare and longevity of their talent. The one-stop-shop and remote coaching approach will propel them to the forefront of sport science and medicine and we are delighted to help them become global leaders in this space.”

The UFC Performance Institute is a 30,000 square foot facility that cost $14 million and opened in May. The Institute is staffed with professionals in strength and conditioning, nutrition and physical therapy.

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