STATS LLC and Catapult have announced a partnership that combines two of the leaders in elite athlete analysis and offers teams streamlined performance data on their athletes. The partnership will initially focus on NBA and college basketball, with plans to expand into other sports in the future.
STATS, a global leader in sports content and technology, will integrate game data from its SportVU player tracking technology with data from the practice environment via Catapult’s tracking monitors to provide a complete data snapshot all on a single dashboard. With full access to practice, training and game data, teams are afforded new insights into injury prevention, the next frontier of sports analytics.
"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 minimize injuries and maximize performance. This is incredibly valuable. Teams are investing millions of dollars into their players and we can help keep their talent on the court," said Brian Kopp, Senior Vice President, Sports Solutions at STATS.
Catapult CEO, Shaun Holthouse, is excited about the heavyweight partnership, stating that this will take player analysis to an unprecedented level.
"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 minimize the risk of injury," Holthouse said. "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."
Catapult’s wearable GNSS and LPS tracking devices are worn unobtrusively under players’ jerseys in practice and capture data such as heart rate, speed, distance, PlayerLoad, metabolic power, jumps and acceleration and deceleration forces.
STATS’ SportVU is a system of six cameras and STATS’ proprietary software that calibrates and measures both players and the ball in x and y coordinates. The result is a continuous stream of ground-breaking statistics based around speed, distance, player separation and ball possession data that allows for more detailed and targeted analysis of players and teams.
Catapult empowers elite coaches globally with scientifically-validated metrics for the advancement of athlete performance. Catapult engineer wearable technology that provides objective information behind athlete risk, readiness and return to play. The company was born out of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and a scientific research organization, inventing GPS tracking for team sports prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Catapult now works with over 400 elite teams and institutes around the world, providing an all-encompassing solution with research-based insights in to athlete management. Catapult is privately owned, with Mark Cuban playing an important investor/advisor role, and is run out of Melbourne, Australia, with offices in Dallas and London. For more information, please visit www.catapultsports.com.
STATS is the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company. The company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed. STATS’ calling card consists of real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation and SportVU technology. Today, STATS’ worldwide client network of media companies and professional sports leagues and teams utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast presentations and virtual images, multimedia enhancements and game analysis and tactical coaching tools. For a complete tour of STATS’ sports content portfolio and solutions, visit www.stats.com