Health & Research
Understanding, Improvement, Benefits
CPISRA launches Research initiative in partnership with Edinburgh University, Scotland
for further details see below
CPISRA Research: New Intitiative
CPISRA is extending its activity to facilitating and promoting research into exercise and sport for CP and related conditions. There are a number of reasons for doing this, including benefiting individual sports through improved techniques, training, sports equipment and impairment classification. A further key reason is research will enhance understanding and therefore assist health professionals, sporting bodies, etc. to further encourage recreation and sport development.
CPISRA representatives attend the IPC Classification Research Forum held in Bonn, Germany 9-10 February 2017. From left to right in photo, Joan Steele-Mills, CPISRA Head of Classification, Nicola Tennant (RaceRunning Scotland), Dr Martine Verheul (Edinburgh University) and Dr Marietta van der Linden (Queen Margaret University). Martine, Marietta and Nicola are leading the evidence based RaceRunning classification research being undertaken in collaboration with CPISRA.
As a start to Edinburgh University undertaking research into RaceRunning, the following five undergraduate projects were completed at the end of the 15/16 academic year.
- “Investigating the Physiological and Metabolic Response to Habitual RaceRunning Training in People with Cerebral Palsy”
- “The effects of linear running velocity on lower-limb joints kinematics and stride characteristics in two individuals with Cerebral Palsy during RaceRunning.”
- “How well do hamstring spasticity scores from the Ashworth Scale and the Australian Spasticity Assessment Scale of RaceRunners with Cerebral Palsy correlate and predict stride parameters and speed during RaceRunning”.
- “Investigating an Adapted Version of the Multi Stage Fitness Test as a Valid Measure of Aerobic Fitness using Running Bikes”.
- “The effects of the RaceRunner body support plate angle on 60m RaceRunning performance in able-bodied athletes”.
We very much thank the undergraduates involved for their interest and research. They have got the research off to an excellent start.
A MSc project is currently being undertaken by a Queen Margaret University physiotherapy student researching potential measures/test that maybe included in evidence based classification for RaceRunning. Queen Margaret University, a university educating physiotherapists, is working closely with Edinburgh University on the RaceRunning related research. This project included researchers attending and undertaking research at the CPISRA European Open RaceRunning Championship and preceding International RaceRunning Camp in Copenhagen, Denmark in July.
The above research is a precursor to PhD research commencing this October. Further information on the PhD research will be included in future updates
Click The ParaAthlete – CP Emphasis to watch the Dr. Peter Van de Vliet, IPC Medical and Science Director, talk given at the below joint Edinburgh University and CPISRA seminar.
Edinburgh University and Queen Margaret University
Edinburgh University and Queen Margaret University both located in Edinburgh, Scotland have commenced research projects into RaceRunning in partnership with CPISRA. These projects have two strategic roles, the first being to address the research required by the IPC in evaluating RaceRunning as a future IPC athletics event and the second to be a catalyst for CPISRA facilitating research into CP exercise and sport.