School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


6 Feb 2018

EIS / PHC MoU marked with visit of multiple Paralympic medallist Dr Cheri Blauwet

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) recently renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) based within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) at Loughborough University, for the 2020 cycle.

The on-going collaboration recognises both institutes’ interest in the development and translation of Paralympic performance knowledge through applied research projects and professional development activity.

On Thursday 1st February, the EIS welcomed Dr Cheri Blauwet, Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, as well as a seven-time Paralympic medallist and Chairperson of the IPC Medical Committee, to the Loughborough High Performance Centre. It was part of her visit to the UK supported by the PHC, SSEHS and Loughborough University’s institute of Advanced Studies.

During her time at Loughborough University, Dr Blauwet shared her experiences with EIS practitioners, PhD students and staff, British Paralympic Association (BPA) performance staff and national governing body (NGB) coaches as part of the EIS #CollectiveBrilliance workshop entitled ‘Supporting the female athlete: A Paralympic Perspective’. The #CollectiveBrilliance series is designed to connect people with knowledge and experiences from across the UK high performance sport network for individual and organisational learning.

On Friday 2nd Feb the PHC also hosted a meeting of international experts discussing best practice guidelines for body composition assessment in wheelchair athletes with Dr Blauwet. Key to this group, co-led by Prof Vicky Tolfrey and Dr Jan van der Scheer, was the input of Dr Terri Paulson (EIS Performance Nutrition Paralympic Project Lead) and Prof Nick Webborn (University of Brighton and Chair of the BPA).

Dr Tom Paulson, EIS Head of Paralympic Performance Support, said:

“Dr Cheri Blauwet’s visit is a great example of how the EIS and PHC can work together to develop and share expertise in Paralympic Sport Science and Medicine. The PHC boasts a number of world leading researchers in the field of Disability Sport and current collaborative projects include optimising manual wheelchair configuration and Paralympic athlete transitions. Projects such as these will help ensure the EIS continue to deliver World Class services to Paralympic athletes and NGBs.”

Prof. Vicky Tolfrey, Director of Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, added:

“The visit of Dr Cheri Blauwet not only opens the opportunity for scientific collaboration, but it formed a great way to showcase our new MoU signing with the EIS. Cheri has had a busy few days, contributing to several initiatives sharing her experiences as a successful athlete and medical doctor. In the last Cycle we had a successful partnership with colleagues within the EIS and I look forward to the continuation of this work.”