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UK Sport’s Research & Innovation programme has given Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES) the status of UK Sport: Innovation Partner. The award means teams of sport engineers from CSES will be working closely with British athletes in the run-up to major World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic games.

There are only three other academic centres in the UK that have been designated Innovation Partners to the elite sports agency: Loughborough, Portsmouth and Southampton Universities. The research centre has been given the status in collaboration with the University's Sports Engineering Research Group (SERG).

The scientists will be providing aerodynamics support to the British Bob Skeleton Association (BBSKA), experimental aerodynamics expertise with the University of Southampton, and the development of bespoke coaching tools and technologies to numerous other sports including British Diving and British Swimming.

Professor Steve Haake will be leading the projects. He said: "The Centre will have three main areas: computational fluid dynamics, coaching aids, and design and build support.

"Through the Centre's research and innovation, we'll be giving expert support and guidance to Britain's elite athletes in preparation for major World Championships and future winter and summer Olympic and Paralympics Games."

Sheffield Hallam's sports engineers are already working with the British Diving Squad at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, where they have set up a unique video system to provide feedback to coaches and divers. A high speed video system, combined with a series of wireless sensors, will provide instant feedback for a range of measurements, such as jump height and rate of rotation. The system will store all video data and measurements, and can be used to monitor improvements in the diver’s technique.

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