Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Enterprise Awards 2013

Intellectual Property

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Body segment parameters

Loughborough lead academic
Professor Fred Yeadon, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

The research of Fred Yeadon of the Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control Research Group has influenced the coaching of a diverse range of sports spanning the diving, gymnastics, trampolining and the aerial event in freestyle skiing – and the impact of his work on the achievement of athletes is universally acknowledged.

Extending over 30 years, his comprehensive and unique research is based on theoretical computer simulations which provide insights into the mechanics of movement and the implications for coaches.  In order to obtain realistic simulations of an athlete, personalised values for parameters such as the mass and moments of inertia of each body segment are required. 

Based on 30 years of developing and using this software, improvements have been made using a reduced set of anthropometric measurements (45 rather than 95) in order to increase the accuracy of the parameters and reduce the time needed for the measurements.

Software that determines these values for an individual is being commercialised through C-Motion as an iPad and Android application that allows anthropometric data to be entered, submitted to a server, and segmental inertia parameters to be retrieved.  This will enable a range of end-users from clinicians to sports researchers to obtain personalised body segment information on specific individuals.

Instructions for taking the anthropometric measurements

Stage of development

  • The software is now licenced to C-Motion

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