Some three-quarters of runners get injured every year, mainly due to poor running style. Run 3D, a spin-out company from the Department, uses cutting-edge technology to help professional athletes, sportsmen and women and runners all over the world to avoid injuries and improve their performance.
More than 4 million amateur sports people are injured every year in the UK, usually through poor running style or posture or by over-ambitious training. It also costs the economy an estimated £61 million in lost productivity.
Run3D, a biomechanical engineering company specialising in 3D motion, has developed a real-time analysis and retraining system that identifies patterns in running style. They received £83,000 from Innovate UK to develop a prototype 3D gait analysis system for use in sports clinics and tailored to specific sports, with real-time reporting and retraining of posture and style.
The project, funded under the emerging and enabling technologies programme, was completed in December 2016 after more than 2 years’ research and development.
Dr Jessica Bruce, founder and managing director of Run3D, became invested in the more technical aspects of understanding problems whilst studying Biomechanical Engineering at Oxford. Jessica has represented Wales at cross-country and road running events.
"We know that the technology can benefit runners of all ages and all abilities.Our aim was to bring the latest advances in running injury research and performance to clinicians, coaches and runners everywhere."