Olympian walks the walk at Anglia Ruskin

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:

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our young sports men and women to learn about development in shape and form, mechanisms and what the body requires – also in terms of preventing injury."

“For people in Essex, this facility is right on their doorstep and could save them a lot of time and money travelling the country.”

Dr Andrew Greene, Research Fellow in Motion Analysis at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory is a truly world-class facility and is the only one of its type in Essex. The setup is dedicated to providing scientific support, applied research and consultancy opportunities in sports and health."

“We are committed to providing tailored movement assessments that are available to all, from elite athletes through to those seeking general health and wellbeing.”

If your club or organisation is interested in using the facilities within the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory, please contact Dr Greene at andrew.greene@anglia.ac.uk