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Academics share research findings with elite athletes in Monaco


Two academics from Leeds Beckett University were rubbing shoulders with the elite from the athletics world recently when they headed to Monaco to take part in the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Athletics Awards.

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Dr Athanassios Bissas and Louise Sutton, both from the University’s Carnegie School of Sport, were invited to present an interim report on the London World Athletics Championships Biomechanics Project. The aim of the project is to support athletes and coaches in optimisation and improvement of their training and competition performance.

During the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London this summer, a selection of 40 cameras – comprising 25 high-speed cameras and 15 HD camcorders – covered 17 events getting footage for biomechanical analysis.

The report, which was presented to delegates at the event in Monaco, included findings from both the men’s and women’s 100m, the men’s 4x100m relay, 400m, long jump and high jump, and the women’s steeplechase, pole vault and javelin.

Explaining the findings, Dr Bissas, Head of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics and Project Lead, said: Attendance at the event has provided the opportunity to share and discuss initial findings of our research with coaches and some of the athletes that the data is captured on. A full report will be released by the IAAF in early 2018.”

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