Sacramento Kings Strength and Conditioning Staff Use Tech and Fitness Side by Side
Technology is booming right now in the NBA, but that is not only visible during games. Behind the scenes, newer technologies are helping teams prepare better for their competition, aiding players to be healthier and stronger than they ever were before.
When it comes to fuelling players and helping them better then they were yesterday, the Sacramento Kings strength and conditioning staff is ahead of the technological curve.
There isn’t much good in the Kings organization, so this must be a breath of fresh air.
Ramsey Nijem is in his first full season as head strength and conditioning coach of the Sacramento Kings. Other than his main job of working with the players on attaining peak physical condition, Nijem has been thrust the responsibility for developing the franchise’s brand new, technologically-advanced training facility.
“Technology is obviously huge,” Nijem said on the new facility. “And it’s something that’s driven from the top down here in Sacramento.”
Technology is something that really is pushed by the organization. If Nijem wanted up-to-date numbers on Ty Lawson’s speed and agility, or how much progress DeMarcus Cousins has made day-to-day over the past month with his hand-eye coordination, all the data he will need all ready for him in the palm of his hands.
It is continuous real-time tracking of athletic performance that allows the Nijem and the rest of the Kings strength and conditioning staff to make appropriate adjustments on the fly. Based on the fact that an 82-game regular season schedule can take its toll physically and mentally on any team, having the ability to make instant update has huge benefits.
Teams are definitely taking notice, and if not on the court, at least the Kings are revolutionizing the league off the court.