The BIO group aims to apply and understand realtime biofeedback in enhancing sport performance. Biofeedback, particularly in realtime, has rarely been used in applications to sport. Using a mixture of fundamental laboratory and applied field based studies we aim to understand the processes and uses of biofeedback in sports performers.
The BIO’s research aims are to apply and understand realtime biofeedback in enhancing sport and human performance. This has been applied to improve performance of top-level rifle shooters, to understand the effects of hypnotic drugs, and is being applied in the development of young golfers’ skills.
Human movement is fundamental to all the actions we perform whether it be for sport, leisure or work. The study of this movement is known as biomechanics, which has been performed for centuries. The ever increasing capabilities of technology allow biomechanics to continually investigate how humans, and other living and moving organisms, are able to achieve and improve their motions.
There are many approaches to biomechanics, but our particular specialism is to use biofeedback, which involves measuring movement in ‘realtime’ and providing information to the performer instantaneously. The information can be simple and complex, and so we investigate the most suitable and effective way to use this information so that the person can understand and use the biofeedback to improve technique.
Biofeedback in Sport - 10 latest outputs
Former Para-athlete Kelda Wood visited the Human Performance Centre in preparation for her attempt to solo row the Atlantic from East to West. She will be the first solo adaptive person to ever attempt this crossing and only the 6th ever solo female. She's linking the campaign strongly to the charity Climbing Out and aims to "Raise awareness, Raise funds and Raise hope for young people facing life changing challenges”. Franky Mulloy, Research Fellow in Biomechanics, explains the technology and support the university will be providing to help Kelda achieve her goal.