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7 Oct 2015

Loughborough plays its part in innovative new running garment

Loughborough University has played a major role in the latest wearable technology development, which aims to help recreational runners improve their performance.

A research team led by Dr Jonathan Folland has been working with Californian company Lumo Bodytech to help runners work towards improved running efficiency and performance.

Launched today, the Lumo Run running short is an innovative new garment that will provide runners with real-time feedback on their performance. Proper form can help runners increase their speed, distance, and may prevent injuries, with feedback being provided by a nine axis smart sensor that monitors and alerts users on their running form.

Acting as an on-board running coach, the shorts can offer:

  • Continuous biomechanic measurement of the factors most closely tied to running efficiency, including cadence, stride length, ground-contact time, and pelvic rotation.
  • An invisible smart sensor integrated directly into machine-washable running shorts.
  • Real-time audio feedback on performance delivered through a smartphone app.

Of the new product Dr Folland, an expert in the physiology and biomechanics of human performance, commented:

“Our new scientific work has revealed a number of key metrics of running technique that differentiate faster and more efficient runners, which was previously unknown.  To turn these exciting findings into a practical benefit for runners the Loughborough team and Lumo Bodytech have been consulting with elite level coaches and runners to develop Lumo run.

“Recreational runners will now be able to access lab-level feedback thanks to the technology developed by Lumo BodyTech.”

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/190

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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