Congratulations to Canberra Raiders on the 2019 NRL season

The Sports Office team sends its congratulations to Canberra Raiders, who capped a fine season in Australia’s NRL with an appearance in last weekend’s Grand Final.

Unfortunately, the Raiders were defeated 14-8 by Sydney Roosters in the showpiece event, despite a brave and committed display. But they qualified for the NRL title-decider thanks to much improved performances throughout the year.

In 2018, Canberra began using The Sports Office athlete management system for elite rugby. At the time, Head of Client Services, Andy Gorski, travelled to the Australian capital to deliver a full system implementation. All Raiders’ teams, including the first-grade side, the Jersey Flegg team plus the Junior and Women’s teams use our ‘Rugby Squad’ platform.

The Raiders benefit from the system’s range of powerful functions to support coaching, sports medicine, sports science and sports administration at elite level. They have also used the system to assist with injury prevention and sports analytics.

Andy Gorski commented: “We have followed the progress of Canberra Raiders this season with great interest and we congratulate them on their achievement of reaching the NRL Grand Final.

“We look forward to continuing our work with them. Supporting their use of our Rugby Squad system so they gain even more from it and optimise all aspects of performance and preparation.”

Many elite rugby organisations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU, the Irish Rugby Union and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users.  The Rugby Squad users also include clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby.

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The Sports Office Systems Support RFU Injury Surveillance project (PRISP) during Rugby World Cup

Injury and medical data generated by England’s players during the current Rugby World Cup tournament is being captured by The Sports Office system used in the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP).  

England has made a successful start to the tournament. They won their first three games against Tonga, the U.S.A and Argentina and play their final group match against France this Saturday (12th October).

Source: EngalndRugby

PRISP

The PRISP is the most comprehensive and longest-running injury surveillance study in professional rugby. It monitors injury risk of players at Premiership, European and England level. The project is lead by RFU Chief Medical Officer Simon Kemp.  

The study is intended to improve professional player welfare. The project was first commissioned in 2002 and was jointly created by the RFU, Premier Rugby and the Rugby Players Association. 

The Sports Office worked with senior medical staff at the RFU to design and develop a powerful system. It allows sports medicine and performance personnel at participating clubs and England teams to easily input an extensive range of medical and performance data. Information can be shared quickly and easily through the system so that coaches, directors of rugby and other key staff can receive vital data. The system also generates baselines and create comprehensive reports. This allows users to identify patterns and trends of injuries via comparison with previous seasons.

The Rugby Squad across the world

The Sports Office performance management system for elite rugby is also in use during the Rugby World Cup by Ireland and Argentina. Both nations have recently adopted the system which offers elite teams a range of powerful functions. Management information and data generated by the Ireland and Argentina squads will be readily available, and accessible in real-time. The respective coaching and fitness staff can input and view this via The Sports Office App and our Monitoring App. Our systems also support coaching, fitness, video, data analysis and medical management.   

Many elite rugby organisations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU, the Irish Rugby Union and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users. The Rugby Squad users also include clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby.

  • To learn more about our performance management systems for elite rugby, contact us today.

The Sports Office attend International Broadcasting Convention 2019

The Sports Office’s Director of Development, Craig Bailey has attended the 2019 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. He was able to gain insights for improving the video analysis functions within our athlete management systems.

The event attracted over 400 delegates. Craig met with representatives of Microsoft to discuss the company’s latest advancements. He met with video analysis specialists Kaltoura to understand their future developments. There he was also able to view groundbreaking technologies, including 8K video and OTT streaming.

8K image

Craig Bailey commented: “The International Broadcasting Convention is an important event. We regularly attend it, in order to ensure the video functionality within our athlete management systems are fully optimised and use the latest advancements in video technology.”

The video analysis module within The Sports Office systems accepts XML files from third-party data sources including Opta, STATSport and Sportscode. Players and athletes can view footage and watch tagged sequences in real-time, to improve learning and personal development.

IBC Convention

Another key feature is the video annotation toolkit. Analysts can pause footage and annotate the screen with feedback for players and in-game video analysis.

The Sports Office development team will continue to enhance these game-changing video features. Alongside other areas of our systems including medical, sports science and coaching.

To find out more about our Performance Management System for elite sport, contact us now.

New York City FC Client Visit

The Sports Office Client Manager Carl Pomfret has visited New York City FC, a leading MLS club, who use our athlete management system for elite football, ‘The Soccer Squad’.

Carl met with all Academy staff and senior management and then staged a series of specific meetings with each department.

NYC FC HQ

As part of The Sports Office ongoing client support service, the club’s Coaching department were also provided with additional guidance on building custom reports to meet their specific requirements. Demonstrations of The Soccer Squad’s scoring analysis feature also took place.

Also, Carl guided New York City Sports Science staff to configure The Monitoring App. This allows the first team to record bodyweight and wellbeing data, as well as a wide range of important performance metrics.

Medical personnel received an overview of the medical section of the system. This highlighted the capabilities for injury management and injury audits. The system’s ability to deliver weekly reports to users was also highlighted.

NYC FC Training Session

Meetings with New York’s Administration, Super Users and Recruitment staff were also held to maximise the benefits of our Athlete Management System to the club.

New York City FC plays in the Eastern Conference of the MLS. They are currently top of the table. The club is part of the City Football Group which has part-ownership of leading clubs across world football. This includes teams within the Premier League, A-League, J-League and more.

The Sports Office client management team will continue to support New York City FC remotely.

For more information on our Athlete Management Systems for elite sport, contact us now.

Enhanced notifications and alert options for system users

Following an update, users can now create alerts for any performance or monitoring metric within The Sports Office’s Athlete Management system. These include a wide range of player performance indicators, personal goals and milestones.

This latest feature is one of many new enhancements now available. The new functionality will benefit all staff and departments within an elite sporting organisation; including coaches, sports medicine, financial and performance staff. 

This development also benefits Senior Management as they receive automated triggers when the players reach their milestones.

For example, when a player reaches a target number of first-team appearances in a particular competition, the appropriate system users will receive an alert.

These may include a notification to administration/finance staff which triggers a bonus payment. Alternatively, the coaching staff may receive a reminder. This is to enhance their communication and feedback process with the player concerned.

Other alerts which may be set in the system include medical and rehabilitation milestones and medication management. It is also possible to create alerts for any metric on the system.

For more information on the latest release, or about our Athlete Management Systems, contact us now.

Latest updates to TSO Athlete Management Systems

The latest deployment of new features and functionality is LIVE across The Sports Office Athlete Management Systems. 

A variety of enhancements have been developed which benefit all aspects of performance management in elite sport. These include overall system enhancements and improvements to medical, administration, reporting and coaching functionality.

Medical Enhancements

The Electronic Medical Record system has seen various enhancements to improve overall record-keeping related to medications and vaccinations.

Users can now easily add medication and supplements to the decimal point from the main medical status page.

The ability to add medications or vaccinations to multiple players at once is also now available to medical users. 

Finally, a number of developments around to enhance the medical review process are live. Reporting across all prescribed medications, vaccinations and nutritional supplements for players is now available.

Financial and Performance Alerting

One of the most exciting developments this quarter enables users to create alerts for any metric within the system. 

Although medical alerts have been available for some time, staff users can now set up alerts for players’ performance indicators, goals or milestones. Financial recognition and contractual bonuses are among uses for the alerts.

For example, if a player reaches a set number of appearances in a particular competition, an alert will be sent. This will then alert admin to payout that bonus for reaching the milestone.

Match Hub 

This is a highly significant development and new feature which brings together three elements of coaching functionality.

These are team selection, game time and fixtures. There are also enhancements to other processes such as video, gym sessions and analysis.

With additional new features on the team selection page such as number of appearances, players game time and average player grade over the season it now provides greater information.

There is also a new “opposition category” field, where each club can customise the content for the options included in here.

The Match Hub is an essential tool for coaching and analysis staff to improve overall workflow and usability.  

Relative Age Effect Report

This new feature provides increased support to deal with this important aspect of player development. A new built-in report covering recruitment, retention and development of players within an Academy is now available. This highlights the number and percentage of players born in different quarters.

Squad Dashboard Tab

A new tabular view of the Squad Register highlights players’ medical status and fitness testing results. This allows users to easily compare players. 

TSO Squad Register Tabular View

Tokenisation Enhancements

Our Athlete Management Systems are currently available in Italian, Spanish and Russian. With options to translate into other languages can be discussed with our client management team. Further improvements to email templates for users are now complete to enhance usability.

For more information on the latest updates from The Sports Office or to arrange a demo, contact us now. 

Atlanta United Campeones Cup Champions!

The Campeones Cup

Atlanta United – a client of The Sports Office – have won the 2019 Campeones Cup

The Campeones Cup is an annual clash between the Champions of the MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX. It is one of North American soccer’s most prestigious prizes. The match saw Atlanta defeat Club Americas 3-2 in the fixture last Thursday. 

The two title winners from each league play each other for the Campeones Title. The Cup began in 2018 with the partnership of the MLS and LMX, it is an opportunity to showcase and heighten the rivalry of North America’s top two soccer leagues.

Atlanta United & The Sports Office:

Atlanta United have been long-term users of The Soccer Squad – The Sports Office’s performance management system for elite football. Last season, we spoke to Atlanta’s Head of Technical Recruitment, Lucy Rushton. She told us about her experiences with The Soccer Squad. 

“The improvement in our data management has allowed us to identify patterns and trends in our performances and coaching.”

She added: “We’ve been using the system for about a year and a half now, and the longer we go on, the more benefit we gain.”

Read the full case study here.

Atlanta United and Club America in Campeones Cup

Last season, Atlanta United won the MLS title and they are enjoying a highly successful 2019 season. They currently lead the MLS Eastern Conference and beat Portland Timbers 2-0 last weekend.

Atlanta United have another chance to win silverware soon. They take on Minnesota United in the US Open Cup FinalWednesday 28th August 1am (GMT) at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

For more information on The Sports Office’s Athlete Management Systems, contact us now.

Client Manager rides to Wembley for charity

Sports Office’ Client Manager Chris Tuson is facing a gruelling, five-day charity bike ride to the capital, as part of ‘Rugby League Cares Ride 2 Wembley‘ challenge.

The 340-mile trip will be completed over a series of daily stages, which vary between 50 and 90 miles. The ride is to raise funds for the Rugby League Cares charity. It supports past and present players with health and wellbeing and contributes to the game’s heritage and culture projects.

Above: Former Super League stars including Robbie Paul and Keith Senior are also involved in the Ride 2 Wembley.

The journey to Wembley begins on Monday 19th August and ends four days later, on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final. A group of 25 riders will depart from Rugby League’s northern heartlands on their epic off-road journey. They will face some of the UK’s toughest terrain, heading south on forest trails, canal towpaths, green lanes and by-ways.

And former Super League player Chris has revealed how he was motivated to become involved, after the charity supported him when his career with Wigan Warriors and Hull FC finished.

He said: “ Rugby League Cares has been great in helping me set-up my life after professional sport. They helped with medical treatments, education and my professional development over the years. I am delighted to be part of the 2019 Ride 2 Wembley’ challenge.”

Riders taking part aim to complete their challenge at the Rugby League Legends statue at Wembley Stadium on Friday afternoon. Just in time to rest up before the 2019 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

You can follow Chris Tuson’s Journey to Wembley and donate to Rugby League Cares by clicking here.

The Sports Office’s Electronic Medical Record System

The Sports Office’s Athlete Management System provides a secure and highly-effective centralised hub to store performance, medical and administrative data.

A key part of our solution is the Electronic Medical Records System. Over the last decade this module has been continuously improved to enhance medical data management. We have used client feedback and external sports medicine expertise to make significant enhancements. These include more effective daily workflows for users. We have also ensured compliance with important data-protection policies including HIPAA in the United States and PIPEDA in Canada.

Medical Practitioners using TSO AMS

Our system is not only secure at storing medical data, but can be used to easily analyse all player information. It also provides extensive insight for improved performance, health and wellbeing. This can be an important safety net and mitigation if sporting organisations were to face legal action relating to injury or long term athlete health. The system also improves coordination and accountability of medical personnel in terms of note-keeping, treatments and player rehabilitation.

Data Collection on The Sports Office Systems

Development of a range of Apps to collect player data including The Sports Office App and The Monitoring App are under enhancement now. These feed directly into the Athlete Management System in real-time.

Users can set-up daily wellbeing surveys to gather athlete data which supports performance management and wellbeing. Data can include sleep patterns, fatigue, mental state and other key metrics.

The system’s recently updated medical dashboard instantly displays data and collates critical information into one location. This also offers improved accessibility to other relevant parts of the system, in order to improve workflow and usability.

For more information on our Electronic Medical Record System for elite sports, please contact The Sports Office now.

Implementation for Irish Rugby

The Sports Office are working with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) to successfully implement our athlete management system for elite rugby (The Rugby Squad) within each of its four provincial teams and their playing structures.

Client Managers Andy Gorski and Stuart Jones have met with athletic performance staff from Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster to further introduce the system. Each province has had the opportunity to configure The Rugby Squad for their specific circumstances

Andy Gorski, Head of Client Service and Stuart Jones, Senior Client Manager, also travelled to Dublin to begin this process with IRFU national teams. The pair met with Head of Athletic Performance, Nick Winkelman, and other key staff.

This support and guidance has been continuous over several months. During initial visits, system configurations and demonstrations took place to ensure compliance with IRFU standards. A workshop session also took place. This enabled staff to give feedback and fine-tune
the system for their own needs, prior to rolling it out to each province.

Stuart Jones commented: “Our implementation visits have been a great success and the meetings enabled all IRFU national team and provincial staff to optimise their use of our systems and tailor it for their needs.

He added: “The provincial teams enjoy fierce rivalries in competitions like the Guinness Pro 14 but, in performance terms, they are a cohesive group which shares the common goal of success for Irish Rugby.”

The IRFU Seven’s staff have already begun to use the system for their global programme. Staff from the Irish under 20s have also been introduced to The Rugby Squad ahead of the World Championships in Argentina this year.

Coaching Workshop at Aviva Stadium

Coaching and performance staff from across Irish Rugby also met at the Aviva Stadium for a workshop outlining the coaching elements of the Sports Office system. IRFU Head of Talent ID, Joe Lydon, began by introducing key player development processes to coaches, assistants and performance analysts. This included discussions relating to coaching sessions, use of data and international player production.

Stuart Jones, Andy Gorski and Client Manager Chris Tuson also hosted a ‘hands-on’ session for coaches to assist them with setting up and using the system.

Full Provincial Roll Out

Andy Gorski commented: “Our sessions were well received and the IRFU staff were very receptive. We believe they will have full confidence in our system, as they begin to use it throughout their structures.”

The Rugby Squad is now being by used by each province and Irish team and has been fully implemented across the organisation. The final provincial visits took place this week ahead of the new season and Rugby World Cup.

To learn more about The Sports Office centralised systems for elite sport with extensive data sharing capabilities contact us now.