Biomechanics of athletes with a disability (Parashot project)
Over the last 25 years, I have developed an expertise in the performance analysis of athletes with a disability (i.e., stationary throwers) in motion analysis laboratory as well as during training sessions and competitions (e.g., National Championships, World Championships, Paralympic Games).
This work involves working with several symptomatic populations including individuals with cerebral palsy (e.g., F30s classes) or spinal cord injury (F50s classes).
This research has a direct impact on the training of Australian elite athletes and more particularly evidence-based:
- Strength and fitness programs,
- Throwing technique, and
- Design of the throwing frames.
This work also contributes to improve the fairness
of the throwing events by providing the classifiers, who assigned each athlete to a class, with the true functional abilities
of a given competitor and by participating to video refereeing during world class events.
Biomechanical analysis of Hamish MacDonald (F32) with Alison O’Riordan, Head Coach of the Australian Paralympic Team at the Performance Laboratory of the Australian Institute of Sport.
Biomechanical analysis of Hamish MacDonald (F32) during training session in Townsville before 2002 Athens Paralympic Games.
Overview of the biomechanical analysis of the stationary thrower during the 2002 IPC Athletic World Championships.