Hockey Canada Uses Catapult To Maximize Performance In PyeongChang

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For Hockey Canada, the one objective within the Olympics is gold. With 20 complete medals, thirteen of them gold, Canada is probably the most profitable nation in Olympic hockey. Each the ladies’s and males’s groups took house gold in Sochi and Vancouver — the earlier two Winter Olympics. This yr in PyeongChang, Canada won’t have the assistance of NHL gamers like Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews, however they may have know-how.

Catapult Sports activities is an organization that creates wearable efficiency analytics units designed to maximise efficiency and reduce damage, and Hockey Canada has been working with the corporate since 2015. Catapult has needed to adapt its methods to collect correct analytics on the ice.

“Most of our tech has been constructed to seize athletes who’re operating, not skating,” stated Ryan Warkins, Catapult’s VP of Analytics. “In hockey, you progress your legs aspect-to-aspect. The drive the athlete is making use of to themselves is far totally different.”

Catapult is consistently creating new algorithms like stride recognition and the explosive ratio of actions to raised seize on-ice efficiency. As soon as new algorithms are created, they are often retroactively analyzed with knowledge from years previous.

Adam Douglas, the Supervisor of Sports activities Performance for Hockey Canada, famous that one of many essential advantages of utilizing Catapult is decreasing human bias in coaching.

“Catapult eliminates an athlete or coaches private notion of workload,” he stated. “The info is a real goal measure of the trouble put forth.”

Whereas the info is essential to enhance coaching, it was Catapult’s willingness to collaborate that first drew Douglas to the corporate. With NHL gamers not competing within the Olympics, instantly the nationwide group is comprised of professional gamers in Canada and Europe. This posed an issue for the workforce, how do they compile metrics when gamers solely educated collectively as soon as each 4 years?

“Our largest concern was decentralized gamers,” Douglas stated. “Catapult created a means for me to watch remotely. They created docking stations that cost the system but in addition obtain the information on to a shared Dropbox folder.”

With gamers coming from quite a lot of skilled leagues, schedules have been sporadic and preparation was removed from uniform.

“We obtained 25 guys on 25 totally different preparation masses coming into camp,” Douglas stated. “We labored to get everybody on the identical web page and we made positive individuals coming late had Catapult models so we might obtain their knowledge.”

In addition to the lads’s staff in 2006, Hockey Canada has taken residence each Olympic gold because the flip of the century. The group doesn’t have NHL star energy however they’re nonetheless a great guess to return to the rostrum in PyeongChang.

For Catapult, the corporate already works with 9 NHL groups however its work in hockey continues to be continuously evolving.

“We aren’t stopping. We would like goalie particular metrics. What’s the impression of what number of occasions they go right down to the ice? Or how the physique turns for a save?” Warkins stated. “Our objective is to create a holistic view of every part that is occurring on the ice.”