Sports Teams

Streamlining Communication Between Performance and Medical Staff to Manage Injury Risk and RTP More Effectively

Stephen Key, Performance Coach, Belfast Giants
26
Athletes
5
Coaches
12 mths
Time using RYPT

Previously, we used Excel to write our programming before distributing them to players as PDFs via text. In addition, we had multiple communication streams for our medical team to liaise and report injury/return-to-play updates on players. We needed an athlete management solution that allowed us to streamline and consolidate our processes, making it more efficient and effective for all those involved.

RYPT gave us the centralised information hub we needed to save time and resources. In addition, it provided a higher level of professionalism to our players and helped execute their off-ice training regardless of schedules or playing status.

It also gave our medical team a focal point for reporting and assessing all injuries, which paired with the data stored in the individual player dashboard, helped manage the return to practice and competition phases of their rehabilitation.

Placing all of this information into one accessible location made it an invaluable tool for the players and the off-ice staff. Having key data points based around player readiness and injury risk allowed for swift decision-making. Players in rehabilitation and return-to-play protocols were able to track their progress in an easy manner which helped to encourage and reassure them. Myself and the medical staff were able to communicate easier and view necessary information with little difficulty, in an easily accessible format.

Stephen Key has been a Performance coach for the Belfast Giants ice hockey team since the 2016/17 season, with the team playing in the Elite Ice Hockey League as well as representing the league in the Champions Hockey League on multiple occasions. His primary responsibilities include providing S&C, sports science and nutritional strategies to the team for S&C and sports science support during practice and matches. Stephen has a B.Sc in Sport and Exercise Science, is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach, and holds a PN Level 1 nutrition coaching certification.

"Having key data points based around player readiness and injury risk in one place allowed for swift decision-making. Players in rehab and RTP were able to track their progress in an easy manner which helped to encourage and reassure them."

Stephen Key, Performance Coach, Belfast Giants

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