Improving sport performance through collaboration with Australian universities

University of Technology in Sydney

A sport and exercise biomechanics expert from the University of Hull has been invited to visit two Australian universities, to bolster existing projects and develop new collaborations.

Dr Max Ditroilo has previously successfully collaborated with Dr Mark Watsford from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). Their research focussed on musculo-tendinous stiffness – the ability of the muscle-tendon unit to resist a stretching episode – and how it is related to muscular performance and injury risk.

The research has been published in many well-regarded journals, such as Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and Sports Medicine.

The next phase of this research looks at how this characteristic can be altered to improve performance and prevent injuries.

During the same trip, Dr Ditroilo will also be visiting the School of Science and Technology of the University of New England in Armidale (UNE). Professor Aron Murphy, Head of the School, has recently appointed Dr Ditroilo as an Adjunct of the University and the visit will help to establish collaborative research with members of staff from that School.

Given some of Dr Ditroilo’s recent publications, both the UTS and UNE have also invited him to deliver a seminar on Tensiomyography, a technique to measure contractile properties of the skeletal muscle, with a view to acquire and develop such a technique in their own laboratories.

Pictured above are Dr Ditroilo (in the centre) with staff from the University of Technology in Sydney during Dr Ditroilo’s first visit in 2011.

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