02 August 2022Share
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ACU's Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre has provided their expertise to the NRL, AFL and Tennis Australia. Earlier this year the centre was asked to review an innovative smartphone-based biomechanics analysis app designed by Slinger, a tennis technology company. SPRINT's independent analysis validated this new technology.
In 2021 SPRINT Director, Associate Professor David Opar was invited to lend his expertise to the USA National Football League (NFL) Scientific Advisory Board’s (SAB) four-year, $4 million study to investigate the prevention and treatment of hamstring injures for elite football players, a specialised area for ACU’s SPRINT team.
Dr Opar, along with researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Springbok Analytics, will combine state-of-the-art quantitative imaging, on-field biomechanics and computational analytics to determine the risk factors associated with initial and recurrent hamstring injuries and develop data-driven approaches to help individualise risk assessments and advance strategies for prevention.
“This study is the largest and most ambitious project ever to explore risk factors for hamstring injury and reinjury”, Dr Opar explained.
“The project, which involves multiple US colleges and numerous technology partners collecting data over three years, has embedded innovative data collection methods into an elite sporting environment. The data generated from this project has the potential to shape our understanding of hamstring injuries for years to come.”
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