Leicester Tigers are delighted to announce the renewal of their longstanding partnership with OPRO as the club’s official mouthguard supplier. The club are also excited to be able to use the cutting-edge technology of the PROTECHT system to support improvements in player welfare.
This relationship ensures Tigers continue to enjoy the assurance of OPRO’s internationally renowned, custom-made mouthguards for all players.
OPRO are dedicated to bringing leading technology and safety to athletes at all levels and are the official mouthguard partner of more than 85 teams and associations, including England Rugby, Rugby Australia, New Zealand Rugby and 11 Gallagher Premiership clubs. They have twice received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of their ground-breaking work in improving children’s and athletes’ protection.
The OPRO-Tigers partnership brings with it the introduction of the next generation of smart mouthguards, OPRO+, embedded with PROTECHT’s state-of-the-art sensor technology, which accurately identifies and reports all head impacts received by players in training or competitive matches.
This ground-breaking initiative, nominated in two categories in the 2020 Sports Technology Awards, will tailor training in a progressive way to move towards match demands, enabling players to safely simulate the loads and intensity of collisions.
Geordan Murphy, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby, said: “We are very happy to extend our links with OPRO and their world-leading mouthguards.”
He added: “The need for analytics, science and data has never been more apparent to ensure the performance, safety and welfare of players and, for that reason, we are pleased to partner with Sports & Wellbeing and Analytics, who are experts in their field.”
Chris Turner, CEO of Sports & Wellbeing Analytics who have developed the PROTECHT system, added: “To be working with Leicester, who are giants of the English game, is really exciting for us. We believe that the PROTECHT system can help to make the game safer and it is fantastic to be working with a club who share in our belief that player welfare should be at the forefront of how the game is developed.
“Through improving player welfare, we believe we are also able to support the team’s performance by supporting greater data-driven decision making.”
OPRO Sports Marketing Director, Daniel Lovat, commented: “It’s a real privilege to have worked with Leicester Tigers for more than 15 years, supporting the medical team and players throughout.
“We are delighted to not only extend the partnership but introduce PROTECHT’s cutting-edge technology, embedded in our OPRO+ mouthguards, to help enhance the welfare of the players and development of the game.”
For more information visit www.opromouthguards.com
To learn more aboutPROTECHT, visit swa.one
About Leicester Tigers:
Formed in 1880, Leicester Tigers has become known throughout the rugby world as home to legends of the game, including Martin Johnson, England’s World Cup winning captain; Rory Underwood, England’s record try-scorer; and Dusty Hare, the world record points scorer.
English league champions 10 times since 1987, Tigers had previously won the national knockout cup in three consecutive years and in 2002 became the first club to win the European Cup in
Founded 20 years ago by dentist Dr Anthony Lovat, OPRO is the world’s most technically advanced mouthguard company and a leading pioneer in oral protection. Through the development and deployment of cutting-edge technology and the use of innovative design and production methods, OPRO has been at the forefront of protecting the safety of athletes at all levels, across a range of different sports, for more than two decades.
The family owned and run company is based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and all products are designed and manufactured in the UK, and available worldwide through a network of retailers and distributors.
OPRO is the official mouthguard partner of a number of professional sporting organisations, including England Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Rugby Australia, 11 Gallagher Premiership Rugby teams, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), GB Taekwondo, GB Hockey, Hockey Ireland, England Rugby League, England Lacrosse and the GAA.
All OPRO mouthguards are legally CE certified and in both 2007 and 2019 the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of its ground-breaking work in the field of oral protection.
About Sports & Wellbeing Analytics
Sports & Wellbeing Analytics believe in the virtues of rugby and aims to support the future of the game by helping to provide greater insight into head impacts, especially those that are unseen and unintended.
Sports & Wellbeing Analytics is a Welsh company reared by real rugby people who care for the future of the game. Combining the latest technologies with research to deliver innovative solutions in sports welfare
Founded in 2016 in Swansea, by a small group of investors with the objective of applying the latest developments in science and technology to real world wellbeing problems using real time analytics for predictive intervention. Working very closely with our partners at Swansea University, for the scientiﬁc research, Keytree Limited for the technology solutions, Philtronics for the electronic components and utilising an enterprise grade SAP Cloud Platform. The initial focus is on head impact for contact sports, speciﬁcally Rugby Union. In April 2019 SWA announced a partnership with OPRO, the leading provider of technically advanced mouthguards across the globe and winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019
For more information contact www.swa.one