Aoife is part of the DCU RISC (Running Injury Surveillance Centre) study. This is a large scale prospective study looking at the causes of running-related injuries in recreational runners. The RISC study is the largest of its kind in Europe, with a novel approach to using wearable technology in the detection of injury risk.
The aim of the RISC study is to identify risk factors which may predispose runners to injury. As part of the research, runners have their strength, flexibility and gait assessed using state-of-the-art 3D motion analysis cameras. Inertial measurement units are also being used to determine the impact accelerations that runners experience as they strike the ground. This is a relatively new dimension to running gait analysis and is beginning to pave the way in future injury prevention strategies for running populations.
This novel and innovative research will hopefully break new ground in the area of wearable technology in sport and medicine.