Curlers help out with stress study

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Some of Scot­land’s great­est curlers have lent their weight to a re­search project that aims to as­sess the toll the sport takes upon their bod­ies.

Dundee Univer­sity stu­dent Iona Robert­son has been work­ing with mem­bers of the men’s Bri­tish curl­ing team from the 2014 Win­ter Olympics.

Iona, who is study­ing ap­plied or­thopaedic tech­nol­ogy, is fo­cused on ex­am­in­ing the stresses placed on curlers’ knees through many hours of train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion.

She hopes her stud­ies may show how elite-level curlers can tweak the way they de­liver stones to min­imise the strain upon their knees.

Olympians David Mur­doch, Scott An­drews and Michael Good­fel­low have all helped with her project, tak­ing part in ses­sions on the ice at The Peak sports vil­lage in Stir­ling.

Iona asked the team mem­bers to de­liver 12 stones, six from a flat-foot slide po­si­tion and six from a toe slide whilst wear­ing Pedar pres­sure mea­sure­ment in­soles in their shoes.

The stu­dent is look­ing to un­der­stand and es­tab­lish the dif­fer­ence in knee force when us­ing both de­liv­ery tech­niques.

She said: “The data col­lected so far looks very promis­ing in that the cal­cu­lated joint forces in the knee are sig­nif­i­cantly higher for toe slides than flat-footed slides.”

Iona Robert­son with, from left, Michael Good­fel­low, David Mur­doch and Scott An­drews.

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