For Immediate Release
October 28, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – USA Rugby today announced a partnership with BridgeAthletic to provide strength, conditioning, and skill training program management, test data management, and athlete readiness performance logging for all USA Rugby national teams, including the two internationally-ranked rugby sevens teams and the men’s and women’s 15s Eagles.
USA Rugby's director of performance, Alex Magleby, praised the partnership as a move into the next generation of USA Rugby’s high performance structure, saying, "Implementation of the BridgeAthletic system will provide connectivity and continuity for our coaching staff and our emerging and elite athletes. Bridge allows us to build, deliver, and track training programs and performance data in a streamlined way from top to bottom, and back up again. Additionally, it allows our coaches and athletes to collaborate on strength, conditioning, and skill-training methods like never before.”
Nick Folker, BridgeAthletic's co-founder and director of performance content, also has enthusiastic, high expectations for the partnership, saying, “This is an enormous step forward for USA Rugby. We expect to see the training programs created by the national teams develop a pathway for growth from the age group level all the way up to the national teams and Eagles. From our standpoint, USA Rugby’s high performance initiatives are truly at the cutting edge of sport."
USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville praised BridgeAthletic's growth and technology: "We evaluated a number of potential solutions before choosing to partner with BridgeAthletic. In sports and business, team is everything, and Bridge has assembled a world-class combination of folks who understand high performance athletics, elite software engineering, and data science. Bridge is pushing the limits of athlete and performance management, as evidenced by its client list of elite NCAA athletic departments and professional teams."
This coming January, USA Rugby and BridgeAthletic will launch broadly a USA Rugby training offering that will give any USA Rugby member access to the high performance training experience of Magleby and his team, formerly only available to national team player pool athletes.
"In addition to the benefits this partnership will produce for our national teams, we are also producing a model through which any USA Rugby member can receive a customized program based on their level of fitness, position, age, and competition calendar," Magleby said. "For us, that’s critical as it will allow us to distribute our program philosophy at a scale that was never previously possible. It is another step forward in moving towards a 'one team, one mission' standard."
More details on this program will be available in the coming months leading up to the release. The expected release date for the program is Dec. 14, 2015.
BridgeAthletic Chief Executive Officer Michael Sharf remarked, “We are delighted to be working with USA Rugby to help them develop and scale what we consider to be one of the leading high performance models in the world. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in our country and the organization is poised for success on the world stage with initiatives like this.”
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 100,000 active members, with more than 35,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.
Launched in 2013, San Francisco-based BridgeAthletic is a world leader in human performance technology. The BridgeAthletic platform allows coaches to build, deliver, track and analyze their athletes’ training plans and performance data in real time. For teams and individual athletes who do not have access to a training expert, Bridge works with world leaders in sport to create tailored workout programs that are delivered via the platform. Bridge offers programs for teams and athletes in Rugby, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Swimming and Water Polo. The BridgeAthletic platform is trusted by some of the world’s top athletic teams ranging from high school and club to NCAA D1 and professional. BridgeAthletic was co-founded by Michael Sharf, a former professional water polo player, and Nick Folker, an Olympian and world-renowned Performance coach.