Biomechanics expert supports Olympians

Thursday 9 August 2012
Dr Phil Graham-Smith
A sports biomechanics expert from the University of Salford has been working with several Olympic athletes to perfect their jumping techniques.

Dr Phil Graham-Smith began researching the biomechanics of triple and long jumping twenty years ago when he was a PhD student, establishing technical performance models for jumping which contributed to the international success of triple jumpers Jonathan Edwards and Ashia Hansen.

Since then Phil has worked closely with UK Athletics, educating coaches and assessing the speed, strength and technique of athletes. He was thrilled to be in the Olympic stadium when Greg Rutherford won gold in the long jump on Saturday night.

Alongside Dr Paul Brice from the English Institute of Sport, Phil has had an input to Jessica Ennis' long jump technique. In May, he travelled to Jamaica with student Deborah Sides to carry out research with sprinters including Shelley Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has retained her 100m Olympic title.

Former Olympian and England Athletics horizontal jumps coach mentor, John Crotty, said: "Phil has been invaluable to the development of athletes and coaches in the UK and has been a key part of their success over the last 20 years."

Phil is currently at the Olympic stadium in London operating the speed guns on the long and triple jump runway. He assesses each jump for any technical errors through the use of high speed video.

Salford physiotherapists Duncan Mason (endurance squad) and Lee Herrington (swimming) have also been working with athletes leading up to and during the Olympics.

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