Portuguese champions FC Porto sign performance agreement with Catapult

Portuguese champions FC Porto have partnered with Catapult Sports, the world-leader in performance analytics, to monitor and improve athlete performance.

Recently crowned Primeira Liga champions for the 28th time, FC Porto are using Catapult technology to quantify the performance of players across their first team and ‘B’ team squads. FC Porto’s outfield players will be monitored using Catapult’s S5 device, while the club’s goalkeepers will gain position-specific insights through the G5 unit.

Catapult’s elite tracking devices fit into a player’s sports vest and sync up to the OpenField software platform which allows the user to analyse data in real-time and after each session. Each device contains multiple sensors which collect close to 1,000 data points per second. This information is then used to monitor athlete output, helping coaches to optimise performance, mitigate injury risk and support rehabilitation; three uses that combine to ensure that players are more frequently available and ready to perform at their best.

The world leader in elite sports performance technology, Catapult provides analytical solutions to over 1,500 teams around the world, including Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, LA Galaxy, Leicester City and Bayer Leverkusen. Competing at the highest levels of European football, FC Porto are one of the most recent clubs to start using Catapult’s technology to inform and improve the performance of their players.

Dr. Nelson Puga, Clinic Director of the Health Department at FC Porto, is excited for the club to explore the benefits of the technology: “These are useful and rigorous instruments for monitoring the athletes’ external loads. We use them every day in every training session.”

Henrique Ortigão, Business Development Manager for Southern Europe at Catapult Sports, commented on the agreement: “We are excited to be working with FC Porto as the club continues to improve the way it manages and measures the performance of its players. Catapult has been at the forefront of athlete monitoring for over ten years, and for this to be recognised by one of the best teams in Europe further illustrates the quality and reliability of our technology.”

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