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Thanks very much for looking at my blog Sports Technology Review. I hope you enjoy coming back time and time again to look at the latest in sports equipment design. I created this website because I realised that a lot of sports products were passing my desk but few were getting much mention in the public domain. Also, when I started as a sports equipment designer and researcher, there was no-one resource that kept me up to date with the latest in sports design. Hence, I will try to add to this database of products as much as I can, however, being in a tough and demanding job means that I can only update it once a week. Thanks for looking at the site and if you want to know a bit about me, Dr Bryan Roberts, then please read on.
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I currently work with the world’s largest sports technology academic research institution – Loughborough University, as well as working full-time for a UK based sports design and testing consultancy – Progressive Sports Technologies Ltd. Here is an image of me showing HRH Duke of York our research into rugby shirts when he visited the Institute in November 2010.
My expertise lies in sports apparel, golf equipment design and the body’s thermoregulatory response to exercise which have been utilised by brands such as Nike, Canterbury of New Zealand, Clarks and Umbro. Some of the products which I have conducted research directly for the brands are:
In 2008, I came third in the UK Sport Garage Innovators Award along with a colleague of mine Caroline Smith. This was a nationwide sports innovation competition and we were selected in the top 3 receiving a prize. The actual design I won’t speak of, but lets just say it is in development and will hopefully reach you soon.
Finally in 2009, I got selected for the inaugural sports business programme run by flyingstart online. For any would be entrepreneurs this is an extremely valuable and worthwhile programme to apply for. It teaches you how to start a business, the intricacies of tax, national insurance and company registration as well as being a great way to meet a range of young professionals who aim to make a business in the sports industry. If you would like to know more please feel free to email me.
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Some of my published papers include:
Bryan Roberts, Waller, T.M. & Caine, M.P., 2007a. Thermoregulatory response to base-layer garments during treadmill exercise. International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering, 1(1), 29-38.
Bryan Roberts, Santry, J.J., Waller, T.M. & Caine, M.P., 2008. Benchmarking the ball–garment frictional properties of rugby union shirts. The Journal of the Textile Institute, iFirst, 1–6.
DR DAVID ROGERS: Those who know me will say that my true passion lies in sport, and they would be right. Unfortunately I wasn’t good enough to pursue a career in professional sport, so the next best thing for me was to work on equipment used by elite athletes. My first experience of innovating sports equipment came during my final year at university, where I studied Mechanical Engineering. Using mathematical software I investigated the effectiveness of rugby scrum caps, working closely with the Cranfield Impact Centre and Arup engineering. After graduating I worked for Simpact Consultancy. During my time there I was privileged to be involved in projects that ranged from ballistic modelling of body armour to full vehicle crash testing. – Very exciting although not totally sport related! Over the last 5 years I have been based out of the Sport Technology Institute at Loughborough University where I completed my PhD. My studies were sponsored by adidas innovation team (a.i.t) and focused on the aerodynamic properties of footballs, in particular the 2010 world cup football the ‘Jabulani’. Some cool testing I was involved in included hours of wind tunnel measurements, experimental kicking tests with a robotic leg, slow motion video capturing of ball trajectories at over 10,000fps and working with a military radar system to track the flight. I have also been involved in various projects from apparel testing to traction studies working with some of the world leading sporting brands including, Nike, Umbro, Mizuno, Canterbury and adidas. I currently work as Project Manger working on a huge and exciting Olympic opportunity. Can’t say more than that but watch this space for some exciting developments in 2012.
ASHLEY GRAY: I am a sports scientist come sports technologist with passion for the application of innovation in sport. I have an MSc in Exercise Physiology and BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences from Loughborough University. After a brief spell as a Sports Scientist with the Lucozade Sport field team I joined Progressive Sports Technologies and later became Head of Sports Science. During my four years at Progressive I designed and implemented a broad array of research projects with highlights including the Umbro England shirt, Speedo’s LZR Racer Tri-Pro and 2012 FS3 suits alongside development of bespoke Olympic Gold medal winning Team GB equipment. Internally, I worked on various novel training and sports performance developments; in particular garment based inspiratory muscle training due to be launched as a product in 2012. Following a year away to travel the world I co-managed the UK launch of Restwise sports recovery monitor and have now returned to the STI working as a Research Associate for Loughborough University with a remit to develop and commercialize some of the research group’s concepts. Swimming and tennis were my main sports but these days I spend most of my time chasing wind-to kitesurf or on more stiller days wakeboarding, snowboarding and running or even dusting off the football boots and rekindling the magical trademark step-overs!
MIKE VASQUEZ hails all the way from MIT in Boston, USA and has been chosen as our new correspondent focussing on US sports technology innovations. Mike is currently a PhD student at Loughborough University in England. He is studying in the Mechanical Engineering Department on a project with Burton Snowboards.
After growing up in South St. Paul, MN, Mike made his way out to Boston to attend MIT. While there he was able to combine his passion for sports and engineering by working with the MIT Sports Innovation Center. He earned a BS (‘08) and M.Eng (‘09) in Materials Science and Engineering. Mike has experience in the sports industry having held internships at 3M (St. Paul, MN), Progressive Sports Technologies (Loughborough, UK), and Easton Sports (Van Nuys, CA). On his days off from studying Mike was a captain of the MIT baseball team and continues to stay active by playing baseball and distance running. He finished his first marathon in June 2009.
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DR. SIAN SLAWSON is currently a PhD student at Loughborough University in England. She is studying in the Sports Technology Institute on a project with British Swimming, developing new technologies for improved performance analysis of elite swimmers.
Sian graduated from Loughborough University’s Sports Technology BSc before joining the research team in 2006. Alongside her research studies she has also gained additional expertise working as a consultant for Progressive Sports Technologies on projects involved with sports bras development and novel training devices. On completion of her PhD, she returned to surf trips to the coast, snowboarding trips to the Alps and plenty of mountain biking down the road in the Peaks.
JAMES JONES is currently studying for a PhD at Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute, where he is working towards emulating the human footstrike using a 6 degree of freedom industrial robot. James graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 where he achieved an MEng in Medical Engineering.
James has a great interest in the technical and engineering aspects of sport, which was a major driving factor in choosing to do a PhD in the area. He is a keen enthusiast for all types of sport when it comes to both taking part and watching, but he sites Rugby as his biggest passion. James also represents Loughborough University at Ultimate Frisbee and is working towards getting a place in the first team.
AIMEE SMITH is currently studying for a PhD at Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute, where she is working in the field of golf biomechanics with an emphasis on informing elite golf coaching through biomechanical analysis of the golf swing. Aimee graduated from the University of Bath in 2008 where she achieved a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science followed by a MSc in Sports Biomechanics from Loughborough University in 2009. Aimee has also spent a year working as a biomechanics research assistance in the University of Wollongong laboratory in Australia. Aimee enjoys travelling, playing hockey for Leicester hockey club, and is working towards lowering her handicap after recently taking up the game!