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Steph Curry’s former coach says AI can help train the next NBA champions

Steph Curry is currently celebrating another NBA championship — just 10 years after the star feared he’d never play again.

Curry’s early years at the Golden State Warriors were plagued by chronic ankle injuries. In 2013, the team’s new performance director, Keke Lyles, proposed a new explanation for the problem.

Lyles believed Curry was overly reliant on his ankles for speed. The coach devised a training program that transferred power generation to the marksman’s hips. 

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“He would overload his lower legs a lot more than what he needed to,” Lyles told TNW. “It’s not that he wasn’t able to use his hips as much, but that wasn’t his first strategy — his body went somewhere else.”

The new approach soon reaped rewards. When Lyles left the Warriors in 2015, Curry had just won a Most Valuable Player award and his first league title. LeBron James described the Golden State squad as “the most healthy team I’ve ever seen in NBA history.”

The resources that Curry had are inaccessible to most athletes. But Lyles is now betting that AI and motion capture can bring the benefits to the masses.

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The trainer was recently named director of performance at Uplift Labs, a California based-startup. The company’s software analyzes an athlete’s to improve their skills and reduce their injury risks.

Users can track changes and compare performance over time.