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31 Jul 2020

Impact testing of alumni-designed Hurling stick undertaken at the University

Torpey, a family-led business led by alumnus Seán Torpey, is a leading manufacturer of hurley sticks, used in hurling.

Hurling is one of Ireland’s national sports and is quickly gaining worldwide popularity. The game uses a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball between the opponents’ goalposts.

Seán recently reconnected with the University’s Sports Technology Institute to launch the hurley of the future.

Following six years in development, the Torpey Bambú offers hurling players an innovative new stick made from sustainable bamboo, boasting a high strength cell structure, an improved sweet spot for power and control, and increased strength compared to a traditional ash wood product. 

Seán, who graduated with a degree in Sports Technology in 2013, said:

“Having spent 3 years studying Sports Technology at the Sports Technology Institute, I saw first-hand world class testing procedures that were in place at Loughborough University. It was for this reason that I knew the only way to truly understand the performance capabilities of our bamboo technology was to engage their experienced researchers to help characterise the material. For us at Torpey this was a critical part of the development of this unique sports innovation.’’

Researchers from the University’s Sports Technology Institute have been involved in the impact testing of the stick, which included replicating the forces of collisions in hurling, firing balls at speed at the stick, and monitoring the impact of collisions between sticks.

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