Loughborough University launches Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine powered by Vicon

Motion capture will aid academic research and rehabilitation into sports-related injuries

Oxford, UK - 25 October 2016Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the life science, entertainment and engineering industries, today announces that Loughborough University has installed multiple Vicon systems across the newly opened National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands (NCSEM-EM) hub on its campus. Three laboratories will feature Vicon cameras providing academics, clinicians and students with the ability to capture high quality data, which will assist their research into the treatment and rehabilitation of conditions associated with a lack of exercise and sports-related injuries.

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine is an Olympic legacy project, which has been designed to bring together the research, education and clinical capabilities of partner universities and NHS trusts – in order to deliver education and clinical service in sport, exercise and physical activity. The University has installed Vicon cameras and Nexus precision data capture and processing software across its Functional Analysis Rehabilitation Lab, Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) lab as well as the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport.

The Functional Analysis Rehabilitation Lab boasts a 12 camera system which will support clinical services as well as analysing human motion. The Vicon system will be used for various research projects due to its ability to provide consistent results and to-the-point accuracy. Current projects include examining the factors which cause injury to cricketers and stress fractures to fast bowlers, the research is being conducted in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and will form the basis of guidelines on bowling to minimise injury risk.

Vicon technology also features in other areas of the NCSEM-EM such as the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) lab. Here 12 cameras will be utilised by a range of academics within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Providing precision tracking and fast data processing to support the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with a variety of conditions – from back pain to posture and balance difficulties.

Vicon systems can be found elsewhere on campus and the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport utilises a 10 camera system to track the upper body kinematics of Paralympic athletes. The system is primarily being used to maximise athletes’ performance in handcycling, by studying the effect different handbike configurations can have on technique and performance. It is also used to help minimise the risk of injury to wheelchair users by understanding more about the forces being placed on a specific joint during propulsion.

Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University said “The national centre boasts state-of-the-art facilities which will be vital in pushing the boundaries and increasing knowledge to understand the nuances of injury prevention and rehabilitation. Vicon’s motion capture system will aid this research as well as providing students with the opportunity to further their studies and gain first-hand experiences of applied sport and health research in action.”

“Research is fundamental when exploring new and enhanced ways to treat and rehabilitate patients,” said Derek Potter, head of product management at Vicon. “The work Loughborough is undertaking in the NCSEM will ensure it remains at the forefront of research into sports-related injuries. We’re pleased that Vicon will play a key role in helping academics and students alike to research new possibilities.”

About Vicon

Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems and match-moving software. It serves customers in sports performance, research and biomechanics industries. As well as those in robotics, ergonomics, film, visual effects, video games and broadcast television sectors.

Vicon is a subsidiary of Oxford Metrics (LSE: OMG), the technology group providing computer vision products and services for the entertainment, life science, engineering industries and consumer electronics markets. Other holdings include: Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management.

Among many others, Vicon global clients include:

  • Engineering: European Space Agency, BMW, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa, ETH Zurich, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, NRL, UPENN GRASP, MIT, Ford and General Motors
  • Entertainment: Framestore, Audiomotion, The Imaginarium, Quantic Dream, SEGA, Konami, Activision, Sony, Dreamworks, ILM and USC
  • Life Sciences: Imperial College – London,Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre - Oxford, Headley Court, University of Western Australia, Adidas, Digital Human Research Centre - Japan, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Shriners, Marquette, UMich and Red Bull

For more information about Oxford Metrics and its subsidiaries, visit: www.omgplc.com, www.vicon.com or www.yotta.co.uk.

About Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and it’s underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent
QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also namedSports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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