New research centre for disabled sportsmen and women at University of Bath
The University of Bath is hoping to make the most of the success of Team GB in this summer's Paralympic Games by launching a research centre for disabled sportsmen and women.
The Centre of Excellence for Disability Sport and Health will bring together the expertise of staff in the areas of sport and exercise science, regenerative medicine, medical engineering, and health psychology.
Research will focus on three main areas: rehabilitating war amputees, understanding the physical health of wheelchair users, and injury prevention in elite disability sport.
Dr James Bilzon, head of the university's department for health, will be leading the new centre and said it had been inspired by the British Paralympic team spending time in Bath as they prepared for this summer's Games.
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He said: "This will be a pioneering centre that will bring together, under one roof, research into the different elements of the health and wellbeing of the disabled population.
"Hosting the ParalympicGB team has given us the opportunity to take advantage of these positive, high-achieving athletes and engage with them as role models to get the rest of the disabled population involved in physical activity."
Researchers looking at how servicemen and women injured in war can be introduced to sport are working closely with the Ministry of Defence to study the rehabilitation of victims from the front line.
There will also be teams looking at how wheelchair users can improve their general health and fitness, after a recent report showed they are four times more likely than able-bodied people to develop type-2 diabetes and twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
For the research into injury prevention, the group from Bath has paired up with the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and Universidade Estadual Campinas, in Sao Paulo, to establish the type, nature and incidence of injuries experienced by a range of elite disabled athletes, and to determine a strategy for injury prevention.
It is hoped that further work will be conducted with ParalympicsGB teams.