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Issued:28/07/16

Sheffield Hallam University is helping more elite sports teams prepare for medal success than ever before.

With just a week to go until the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Sheffield Hallam is supplying performance data analysis software to British athletes and coaches across multiple sports - making it a valued supplier of analysis tools for the nation's elite sportsmen and women.

Experts from Sheffield Hallam's Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) have been working with National Governing Bodies including British Athletics, British Cycling, British Canoeing, GB Taekwondo, British Sailing, GB Hockey, British Weightlifting and GB Boxing.

Bespoke software has been designed to allow athletes, coaches and practitioners to access a single portal which holds performance statistics.

iBoxer was used by GB Boxing at the London Olympics in 2012 and helped the team win five medals. It has since been updated to provide boxers, athletes and practitioners with data such as tournament results, videos, attendance and training logs. A video capture and review system has been installed at the GB Boxing training facility at EIS Sheffield and is synced to iBoxer to allow coaches to review training footage alongside a wealth of other useful data.

The CanoeSPI software is another example of a performance analysis system developed by CSER in 2015 and is a bespoke data management solution for GB Canoeing. It allows analysts to quantify performance of athletes with improved accuracy and therefore enhances the feedback between the athlete and coach.

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Dr David James, acting head of Sheffield Hallam's Centre for Sports Engineering Research, said: "We are renowned for our work with elite sports teams and governing bodies and this continues to be a major focus for the Centre. Since 2008, we have developed monitoring systems in real environments for 15 elite sports teams.

"Following the success of our work in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics, we have continued to support the English Institute of Sport's Research and Innovation Programme and we are confident that this partnership will go some way towards a successful campaign in Rio next month."

Naomi Stenhouse, head of research and innovation at the English Institute of Sport, said: "Our partners at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research have been important collaborators amongst the R&I team's external suppliers. They have an excellent understanding of how to help British athletes achieve improvements in performance."

For press information: Sarah Duce in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 4025 or email s.duce@shu.ac.uk