Published: 30 April 2015 at 14:14
Former star urges Essex sportspeople to use Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
Former world champion javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread MBE has called for Essex sportspeople to make use of the state-of-the-art facilities at Anglia Ruskin University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI).
Fatima, who is also a two-time Olympic medallist, was shown around the PMI on Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus by Chairman of the PMI, Professor Patrick Geoghegan OBE, and tested out the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The lab allows the examination of a wide variety of movement patterns ranging from walking and stair climbing to more specific sporting movements. Sensors transmit these movements to a three-dimensional motion analysis system on the lab’s computers.
The lab is currently used mainly for health and clinical research and the PMI currently is involved in a research partnership with the world-renowned St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns. However, there is potential for Essex’s sporting stars to use the facility to help improve performance and prevent injuries.
Fatima, who lives in Essex, said:
Dr Andrew Greene, Research Fellow in Motion Analysis at Anglia Ruskin, said:
If your club or organisation is interested in using the facilities within the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory, please contact Dr Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org