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Concussions (07:42)


Ciaran Kilduff recalls his experiences following a concussion. Concussions are damage to the brain or brain function caused by trauma to the head. Jonathan McCrea experiences an EquiTest and explores the new developments in treatment for concussions.

Concussion Assessment Tools (02:55)

Doctor Susan Giblin has developed the Capture System, a technology that uses infrared to scan the athlete while moving through various tasks to assess the risk of lower limb injury following a concussion. This technology transmits information in real time to assess movements and functionality of athletes.

Isometrics and Data (02:59)

Isometric strength tests evaluate maximum strength of explosive strength without movement. Data gathered will develop a data base to evaluate athletic performance.

Illegal Practices in Sports (03:02)

Doping refers to the use of banned substances and practices. Athletes are tested regularly to ensure compliance with regulations. Scientists develop new methods of detection to evaluate new doping practices.

Keeping Sports Clean (01:30)

Strychnine was a legal, performance enhancing drug that causes muscle spasms. In large amounts, it can lead to death. In 1904, it was given to the men's marathon champion in a small dose that improve performance but at an almost deadly cost.

Technique and Injury (04:33)

Biomechanics research has two main elements—how to perform and play better and rehabilitation. Research on body position during golf swings can help improve performance and reduce injury.

Credits: 10 Things to Know About (Series 2): Sports Performance (00:43)

Credits: 10 Things to Know About (Series 2): Sports Performance

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This week we look at some of the advances in science and technology which are helping us to limit, prevent or recover from injury, and improve our general performance… but also find out what can happen when we push things a little too far… Concussion continues to be a hot topic in the sports world. Jonathan meets RCSI’s Dara Meldrum who is developing an app to rehabilitate inner-ear imbalance – a common symptom of concussion – and talks to Dublin-based Kitman Labs who are seeking to improve motion monitoring and data collection methods to further their understanding of the increased risk of lower muscle injuries after concussion. Data is becoming more and more important to all aspects of life and none more so than for trying to maximize athletic performance. Aoibhinn meets IRC researcher Claire Brady who is conducting isometric strength testing to help coaches create bespoke strength & conditioning and rehabilitation programs for their athletes. Kathriona meets Ian Kenny from the University of Limerick who is using body tracking and motion detection cameras to improve the performance of a golfer’s swing to enable them to hit longer, harder, more accurately, and crucially, reduce the risk of them suffering an injury in the process. But what happens when an athlete takes things too far? Una May is Head of Anti-Doping Ethics, Sport Ireland and she discusses the continual game of cat and mouse between anti-doping enforcers and athletes. And finally, for some really weird drug doping, Fergus takes us back to the 1904 Olympic men’s marathon in St. Louis where rat poison made the difference between winning and losing, but almost life and death…

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL144336

ISBN: 978-1-64198-313-6

Copyright date: ©2016

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