Premier Lacrosse League Teams up with Catapult to Track and Optimize Athlete Performance
July 27, 2021 - Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) News Release
LOS ANGELES, CA. - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster announced today a new collaboration with Catapult, the global performance technology leader in elite sports, to capture player performance data and deliver optimizations throughout the 2021 season. The initiative integrates information collected on the field into decisions on player health, load management, and practice regimens, among other performance-based insights.
"We've seen Catapult's impact on the world's top performing athletes, and we're excited to collaborate with them to enhance the way we strategize, play and train," said Paul Rabil, Co-founder and CMO of the Premier Lacrosse League. "Their state of the art tech offers us the tools to better understand performance trends, strengths and weaknesses, all to help us perform at our highest level. We're thrilled to work with the Catapult team to elevate our players and product on-field."Â
In a venture that began earlier this season and will continue through the duration of the 2021 PLL schedule, Catapult is equipping select players-including Archers attackman Grant Ament, Redwoods midfielder Sergio Perkovic, and Whipsnakes long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt-with GPS-based wearable technology and athlete management software. The SaaS technology enables users and coaches to better manage workloads, optimize performance, and mitigate injury risk.
"The PLL is a dynamic, fast-growing league that shares our commitment to driving the future of sports through innovation," said Will Lopes, Catapult CEO. "Our goal is to improve the performance of the athletes and teams we work with, and we're excited to collaborate with the PLL to provide actionable insights into player performance, health, and wellness."
Founded in Melbourne in 2006, Catapult began as a partnership between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) to maximize the performance of Australian athletes ahead of the Sydney Olympics. After 15 years, Catapult provides software solutions that enable over 3,200 elite teams worldwide, across major leagues such as the NFL, EPL, NBA, NCAA, and NHL, to use technology to optimize performance.
During the season, sports scientists from the PLL and Catapult are collaborating to analyze the trends fueling winning teams and the league's top performers. Through the first six weeks of the season, the PLL and Catapult collected data and insights on player workload, sprinting distance, total distance, acceleration/deceleration, and change of direction, among others. Notable data highlights include:
Players covered 20% more ground during games they wonÂ
Similarly, players recorded a 20% increase in distance per high speed effort during wins
Long stick midfielders logged 2.5 times more acceleration efforts and distance covered in wins
Midfielders recorded a 36% increase in high intensity change of direction efforts during wins
The organizations are working together to translate findings into actionable optimizations to elevate league-wide play throughout the remainder of the season and in future seasons.
The 2021 PLL Season continues on Peacock this July 30th, 31st and August 1st at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs, CO. For more information on the 2021 schedule, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com/schedule.
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