A group of sixth form students from Lincoln Castle Academy have had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with some of the cutting-edge technology used for motion analysis at the University’s Human Performance Centre.
The event, organised by Dr Sandy Willmott and Joe Moore of the School of Sport and Exercise Science, took place on the 24th April as part of National Biomechanics Day, an annual global celebration of biomechanics which aims to raise awareness of the field and the many ways in which it can enhance our lives.
The group attended two interactive workshops, which were supported by MSc Sport Science students Nicola Camp and Kristín Geirsdottir. The first session looked at how muscle activity can be monitored during sporting movements through sensors on the skin surface, and the second showcased the use of motion capture to provide real-time biofeedback for improving rowing technique.
Dr Sandy Willmott, Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “What we’ve been doing today is showing the students some of the technology we have and giving them a chance to get hands on and have a go, as well as exploring the biomechanical principles behind the technology and discussing potential applications.”
“The students have been great and have really embraced the opportunity to both help set the equipment up and be analysed.”