May 3, 2023

Smartabase: Purpose-Built for NBA Teams

To help get teams up and running quickly, Smartabase, the premier human performance optimization platform, provides pre-configured workflows specifically built for NBA teams. Combined with our integrations with wearables and devices, and our open API, Smartabase helps you centralize your data and put it to work to improve player performance and reduce injuries.

These workflows include a collection of forms, dashboards, notifications, and more designed by our Human Performance consults who work closely with our NBA clients. Most importantly, you can use them as is, customize them to suit your specific needs or create new workflows from scratch.

Below are examples of three key workflows commonly used by our NBA clients.

Load Monitoring

To make informed decisions about training, game, and cumulative loads, staff can use Smartabase to assess load data alongside crucial contextual information. Such an integrative approach identifies windows of opportunity to optimize performance or implement mitigation strategies that drive recovery.

Data Inputs & Metrics

Data centralized into Smartabase includes but is not limited to:

  • Movement tracking & personal wearables
  • Competition & travel schedule
  • Game statistics & type of session
  • Playing style

To enable an NBA performance team to get the most out of its load monitoring analysis, Smartabase brings together data on external and internal load, acute-to-chronic workload ratio, relative-to-game intensity, rolling load sums (aka volume of work over time), and other metrics.

These allow staff to compare similar sessions, relate the intensity and volume of practices to what players experience during a game, and mitigate sudden spikes in intensity that can predispose individuals to injury.


Session Report

A session report displays a couple of key metrics – such as distance covered, HR average, total distance Z score, and HR Z score. The dashboard flags players with a high discrepancy between their external load and internal response, indicating that some kind of action might be needed to manage their load or enhance their recovery. 

Workload Progression

The second component of the workload monitoring dashboard concerns workload progression. This displays the total distance each player covered in a session with their average for such a workout, and then their STEN score. 

Other dashboard options include detailing specific metrics like game and practice loads, HRV, heart rate, sleep scores, and so on, depending on the needs of each specialty.

Injury Risk Profiling

Using Smartabase to unify data from multiple systems helps staff better understand the factors that decrease injury risk and adjust training and game loads to improve health, availability, and performance. 

Data Inputs & Metrics

Data centralized into Smartabase includes but is not limited to:

  • Previous Injury History
  • Movement Deficiencies
  • Fatigue & Load Tracking
  • Sleep
  • Fitness Training History
  • Physiological Stress
  • Nutrition & Hydration

Injury risk for NBA players is not isolated to one variable but is multi-factorial. This is why each team’s performance staff has adopted a preferred Risk Scoring Model or developed their own, which monitors the impact of each variable and the cumulative injury risk for every player at any given time.

Performance staff then uses Smartabase to create flags that are assigned to these factors. These can be color-coded so coaches can easily see which areas are potential trouble spots within a player’s profile. The total number of flags is displayed so everyone who interacts with the roster knows when someone’s injury risk is running high and adapt their approach as needed. Flags can also be paired with individual norms that are customized to the baseline of each individual.


Injury Risk/Readiness Summary Dashboard

This dashboard provides NBA coaches with an at-a-glance overview of each player’s injury risk and overall readiness. It shows any area that someone has flagged and the total number of flags for that day. This helps staff quickly zero in on areas of risk, as well as stating the cumulative risk as low, moderate, or high. This dashboard also groups players into customized availability categories such as available, controlled, limited, and out.   

Discipline-Specific Dashboards

Certain members of an NBA’s performance, medical, or coaching teams might need to dive deeper into the numbers that impact injury risk in their domain. Whether a performance professional is interested in learning more about the wellness, strength, or medical aspects of the injury risk profile, they can quickly and easily locate the information they need to drive better decision-making and keep the team healthy and available.

Overall Team Views

Team-based views allow staff to see the total number of practices and games missed and to see incidents by category (such as illnesses and contact, acute overload, chronic injuries, etc.) They can also apply time constraints to get more specific information, such as the past 10 games. 

Player Readiness

Smartabase removes the guesswork from player readiness for NBA performance staff, putting everything needed to assess player readiness together in one place and enabling seamless collaboration between the performance, coaching, and medical groups and the players themselves.

Data Inputs & Metrics

Data centralized into Smartabase includes but is not limited to:

  • Game & performance stats
  • Load monitoring
  • Musculoskeletal screenings
  • Wearables
  • Training programming
  • Nutrition & hydration

To be consistently available for practices and games, NBA players must build up and sustain enough load tolerance without becoming overloaded. To assess this, teams look at mechanical load and intensity, high-speed running, and other metrics that measure external load. In addition to looking at individual weight room sessions, practices, and games, they also evaluate cumulative data points such as total active time and number of games played.


Player Availability

This report provides the number of players who are available with no restrictions, those who have limited availability, and those who are unavailable. It also lists all members of the roster who are currently suffering from unresolved injuries or illness. If someone needs more detailed information, they can click on the player’s name and see thorough notes entered by a team physician, orthopedist, athletic trainer, or another member of the medical staff. A graphical view of the player’s availability over time also helps performance staff identify trends or areas of concern.

Readiness Summary

The team readiness summary report provides the performance group and coaching staff with an at-a-glance view of which players are available to practice and play, those that aren’t, and the ones who will be a last-minute, game-time decision. The performance team can access more detailed information about the players’ overall readiness and availability, with metrics on preparedness status, overnight HRV, total load and load over time, and availability history. For greater context, bodyweight percentage change, wellness score, jump height, and several other customizable fields are also available.

See Smartabase in Action

Ready to see Smartabase for yourself and explore how it can help your team? Contact us to schedule a demo.

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