Profeet welcomes St Mary’s University to the Lab

St Mary’s University is one of London’s top-performing sports institutions providing students with state-of-the-art sports facilities equipped to world-class standards.

Historically, Profeet, has maintained connections with educational institutions and research projects in the field of biomechanics and sports science in order to ensure that we are abreast of the latest developments, and also to share our experience ‘at the coal face’ with those looking to come into the customer-facing end of the profession.

Anatomy and biomechanics

Rik Mellor is a long-term associate of Profeet and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science working with undergraduate and postgraduate students on degree programmes allied to sport science disciplines.

Rik predominantly teaches anatomy and biomechanics for human and sporting movement, ultimately linking to musculoskeletal conditioning for performance; but also considering topics relating to injury of body tissues and the treatment and rehab of the tissues and systems. Additionally, he helps to guide and supervise students of all levels in scientific research methods and research projects.

Together we arranged for a group of Rik’s postgraduate students of Applied Biomechanics, to visit the Profeet Lab to, in Rik’s words, “gain applied experience of how movement and walking/ running gait analysis forms a key part of client-facing commercial industry. More specifically the students have been studying walk, run and sprint movements in relation to performance and injury concepts and so a field trip to a location with some state-of-the-art hardware and software to monitor and appraise movement was perfect.”

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Profeet Run Lab

Key learnings from the visit

Feedback from Rik:
“Students gained excellent knowledge from Profeet’s Sports Lab Manager, Tom, around the approach Profeet takes when appraising a runner, their situation and factors that could help the runner to perform and remain injury free. Plus, students received lots of insight from Tom’s personal experience of working with runners over the last few years and also how customisation of elements like insoles and footwear plays a significant part of a service and solution.”

What’s new in the field of Biomechanics?

This was also an opportunity for the Profeet team to explore the latest research and learnings at the academic end of the spectrum.

Rik shared his views:
“Emerging trends in the field of human movement and injury in the past 5-10 years are based around paradigms such as the “preferred movement pathway” which suggests that every individual human, and their body systems, can find a way to achieve a required movement which they don’t always achieve via strict criteria; as such we cannot merely direct humans into prescribed movement models, or prescribe set interventions or devices, in every case and that small tweaks of multiple factors can help both performance and injury situations.”

He continued:
“Around running footwear in particular the science is now firmly identifying some types of running shoes as ergogenic aids, i.e. if your body is ready for the change in footwear you can perform significantly better with minor changes in training.”

An interesting proposition, however, Rik pointed out that “this development is in the infancy of proven research since some runners are considered ‘non-responders’!”

The benefits of collaboration between education and business are huge!

We asked Rik for his thoughts on linking business with education:
“All university degrees relating to sport science, sports medicine and strength & conditioning are aiming to develop the skills, knowledge and experience of the applied workplace so any links with relevant commercial industry is very valuable.

Additionally, alongside topic-specific practical experience students on these courses often do not gain sufficient knowledge and experience of the business concepts, e.g. the profit margins and essentially how to earn money using their degree-learning!”

The Profeet team were able to illustrate the how biomechanics can be used in a business environment to provide the general public with valuable services in an economically viable way.

Meanwhile, Profeet were interested to pick up more understanding of current research and new paradigms in biomechanical studies. This interaction led to dialogue and thought-provoking exchanges. We are always looking for ways to enhance and improve our offering to ensure that Profeet remains on the cutting edge and this was a source of valuable input.

Thanks to Rik Mellor and the students of St Mary’s University, all in all it was an afternoon well spent and we look forward to welcoming more students in the future.


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