Fighters have been praising the UFC Performance Institute since it launched a few months back in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The institute is now taking on a new challenge and it comes in the form of injury prevention, which is why it is working with Kitman Labs.
“It means we can start for the first time really understanding how injuries are occurring in MMA, what are the specific mechanisms that athletes are seeing injuries happening,” UFC Performance Institute VP Of Performance Duncan French said to MMA Fighting. “And then obviously the nature, the body parts and the duration of injuries, etc. So, we can be a little more intentional in the work we do through the PI in influencing and educating the community on the best ways to go about minimizing injuries.”
It is unknown at this time as to what kinds of things will carry from the studies with Kitman Labs to the Octagon or fighter training.
Kitman Labs CEO Stephen Smith says it is an honor to be working alongside the UFC.
“We are honored to work with UFC to bring advanced science and analytics to this world-class sport and these incredible athletes,” Smith said in a statement. “The UFC is showing a unique and progressive attitude by proactively investing in protecting the welfare and longevity of their talent. The one-stop shop and remote coaching approach will propel them to the forefront of sport science and medicine and we are delighted to help them become global leaders in this space.”
Besides working with the UFC, the company known as Kitman Labs also works alongside the Australian National Rugby Teamand other sports groups.