Loughborough University

*This story was originally posted on March 16th 2021 and Andrew Rhys-Jones has since taken a role at Harlequin F.C.

As one of the world’s leading sports universities, Loughborough uses Catapult wearbles, an industry-leading solution designed to improve athlete performance and stay ahead of the pack.

Loughborough University employs wearable technology across a variety of sports, tracking and evaluating athletes to help them to learn and improve after every game, competition and training session.

How Catapult wearables is benefiting Loughborough University:

  • Managing athlete’ physical conditioning
  • Multi-sport solution
  • Supporting all levels of play

Managing athletes’ physical conditioning

“The addition of Catapult wearables is pivotal to the way we manage our players from a physical perspective,” said Andy Rhys-Jones, Head of Performance Analysis at Loughborough Sport. 

“It has increased the specificity and accuracy of players’ training loads and return from injury, and allows us to integrate our technical and tactical data with precise physical performance data.

“Catapult also adds significantly to the quality of experience we can deliver for our volunteers and placement students, so it’s a great addition to our overall pathway here at Loughborough.”

Multi-sport solution

Loughborough University’s men’s and women’s hockey and rugby programmes have recently been making use of Catapult wearables, with the data helping coaches to advance performance, identify fatigue and reduce the risk of injury.

Providing a range of volume and intensity metrics to measure player workload, Catapult gives teams the ability to closely monitor athlete development and judge performance against strategic objectives.

“For most of the team this is the first time they’ve used such in-depth analysis software, so it’s really helping,” said Rachel Malcolm, Scotland international and Loughborough Lightning rugby captain. “Being a new side, who are working hard on a number of different areas, Catapult has really helped to focus our attention on the areas of our play that need the most work.”

Supporting all levels of play

Supporting teams at all levels of sport, Catapult is committed to providing athletes and coaches with information that helps them generate a competitive advantage on the field. 

As one of the world’s premier sporting institutions, it will be exciting to see how Loughborough continues to use wearable technology to develop and inform coaching practices in an elite environment.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Loughborough University,” said Catapult Business Development Manager, Chris Hill. “To have Catapult wearables used by one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and by international athletes, is testament to the quality of our technology. We are looking forward to Catapult being incorporated into Loughborough Sport’s holistic athlete programmes and hearing of their successes.”

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