ESPRIT Workshops: Could you contribute to world class success?Subscribe
Jessica Whitehorn 23 September 2010
As revealed in last week’s UK Sport newsletter, the ESPRIT consortium will be hosting their inaugural workshop-style conference on 8 October at Loughborough University, in order to attract experts from across the UK to contribute to the Elite Sport Performance Research in Training with Pervasive Sensing (ESPRIT) project.
The ESPRIT project is funded by the EPSRC and led by Imperial College London in partnership with UK Sport, supported by Queen Mary University of London and Loughborough University. It involves researchers from the three universities working alongside British sport via UK Sport’s Research and Innovation programme.
For the first time in the history of UK Sport’s Research and Innovation programme, this conference will pioneer a novel approach to finding solutions to performance questions by bringing together representatives from both Britain’s multi-medal winning sports, such as sailing, cycling and rowing, and the technicians who could deliver the solutions, to encourage collaboration from the moment of conception of the ideas.
The four interactive workshops – The Paralympic Challenge, The Sports Medicine Challenge, The Talent Trainability Challenge and The Workload and Technologies "Man and Machine" Challenge – have been named as such because the workshop leaders will be proposing performance ‘challenges’ to delegates, in the hope that meaningful solutions will begin to take shape from the discussions that take place on the day.
For delegates, this could also lead to a once in a lifetime secondment opportunity to the ESPRIT project, working directly with Britain’s high performance sporting community via UK Sport’s Research and Innovation Programme to give our Olympians and Paralympians a performance edge at the London Games in 2012 and beyond.
Multiple secondment opportunities could be made available to the right individuals, with the support of their current employer, to work on projects across the spectrum of Britain’s elite sports and across the UK. The timescale of the secondments will also be flexible and dependent on the requirements of individual projects.
In order to decide which of the four workshops you may want to attend, you can listen here to the workshop leaders who will tell you more about what will be explored in the individual workshops and the type of people who may want to attend.
The Paralympic Challenge (biomechanics, ergonomics, mechanical design, integrated sensing, prosthetics)
Alison Macpherson is UK Sport’s lead Research and Innovation Officer for Paralympic Sport as well as the coordinator of UK Sport’s annual Ideas4Innovation competition, which looks to harness outstanding research ideas for elite sport from the UK’s science and engineering community.
Alison’s background is in medical engineering and she will be leading the Paralympic Challenge workshop alongside EIS Head of Sport Science and Medicine for Paralympic Sport, Paul Davies.
The Sports Medicine Challenge (injury surveillance, remote monitoring, rehabilitation, wireless technologies)
Glenn Hunter is UK Sport’s lead Research and Innovation Consultant for Performance Medicine, leading on projects such as the illness and injury surveillance work with the EIS. Glenn’s background is in physiotherapy and prior to joining UK Sport he provided clinical support to a wide range of elite athletes and conducted research into sports injuries, as well as running degree courses in sport science and medicine. In 2003, Glenn received the Hogeschool van Utrecht Award for Sports Physiotherapy – awarded by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy to acknowledge and honour a practitioner whose contribution to the profession has been internationally outstanding.
Glenn will be leading the Sports Medicine Challenge workshop.
The Talent Trainability Challenge (bio-markers, "omics", biochemical sensing, real-time feedback)
Al Smith is a Research Physiologist at the University of Bath and training science consultant to UK Sport’s Research and Innovation team, working across different sports but with a particular interest in the ‘trainability’ of talent athletes. Al previously spent eight years working with the GB Rowing team on their sports science delivery to athletes.
Al will be leading the Talent Trainability Challenge workshop.
The Workload and Technologies "Man and Machine" Challenge (stress, psychology, neuroscience, body sensors, field based sensing, wireless technologies, team sport/tactics, localisation)
Dr Scott Drawer is UK Sport’s Head of Research and Innovation and Chair of the ESPRIT Research Steering Group. He has led a team responsible for delivering over 75 bespoke, customised and one-off performance solutions to a wide variety of sports involving development of custom equipment, training tools and technologies, and cutting edge insights into enhanced training and recovery methods for performance development.
Scott’s primary role is to act as the conductor of scientific, medical and technical expertise to support the best British athletes in the mission to London 2012. The development of such an extensive national and international network of technical excellence across all aspects of science, medicine and technology continues to provide novel and unique opportunities in sport and supporting industries which showcase British excellence.
Scott will be leading the Workload and Technologies Challenge workshop.
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Individuals from high performance sport, academia or industry who feel they can contribute creatively to one of the four workshops above are encouraged to attend. More information can be found on the ESPRIT website, or contact Jayne.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You must register before 1 October as spaces are limited.
It is hoped that this inaugural Conference will provide the blueprint for future ESPRIT workshops, where the longer term vision for the project - the wider application of sensors in public life-long health, wellbeing and healthcare - will be explored in a similar way.