Olympic science comes to Liverpool with LJMU
25 June 2012
LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Science brought London 2012 to the city over the weekend at the World Museum. They provided a unique opportunity to see the advances in sports science which will influence the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in action.
Everyone has the chance to engage in a range of activities and see the science involved with the most advanced training methods, techniques and equipment used by the world's leading athletes and coaches, including those taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. At each event visitors will be exposed to a series of interactive pods that allows them to appreciate the physical and psychological assessments elite athletes use to help prepare and compete in major competitions.
Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Jamie Burdekin, who has been officially selected to represent Great Britain as part of the Paralympics GB team for wheelchair tennis at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and LJMU Professor of Sports Science and former Olympian modern pentathlete, Greg Whyte, who trained John Bishop for Sport Relief, helped at the closed school event on Friday.
LJMU’S Chartered Sports and Exercise Psychologist and BASES Fellow, Dr Zoe Knowles, and Conditioning Coach, Dr Peter Angell, are also playing a major role in the preparations of local wheelchair tennis player Jamie Burdekin offering sports psychology and conditioning support.
Jamie commented, "I’m really looking forward to coming along on Friday as sports science is such an important part of my performance programme and it's especially vital in Paralympic sport. It gives you an edge in competitive sport but it's also good for people to realise good health and nutrition are important in every day life."
The University's Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) received a People Award from the Wellcome Trust and a Royal Society Partnership Grant to hold the series of events in north west museums and schools leading up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The research has also formed part of the BBC Blue Peter's Big Olympic Tour, with a live demonstration taking place this Saturday morning. LJMU Sport Science and Football Exchange Officer, Andrew Hulton will be demonstrating 'Make your own sports drink,' which involves visitors measuring out glucose, salt, water and orange squash and getting an insight into the science behind the process.
LJMU's Dr John Dickinson, who is leading the project said, "The purpose of Face to Face with Sports Science is to expose people to key scientific and technological developments in Sports and Exercise Science in a hands-on and accessible manner. We can't all be professional footballers or Olympic athletes but we can all have an interest in health, nutrition and exercise."
Mike Graham, senior Education Manager at World Museum said, "It's fantastic in this Olympic year that museum visitors will be able to learn from sports scientists who have trained some of our Olympic hopefuls. The two sessions at World Museum are free and promise to be fun for all the family."
Exhibit Dates for the general public (admission is free):
23 June, Liverpool World Museum
7 July, Liverpool World Museum
20 October, Museum of Science & Industry