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UHart Students to Unveil Invention to Help Athletes Improve Performance

Posted 10/14/2016
Posted by Sophia Olsen

WHAT   Two University of Hartford juniors will demonstrate their new device that tracks and analyzes athletic performance on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m., following the University’s Hawktober Weekend 5K race. The LIFT (Leg-worn Impact Force-sensing Technology) device is placed in jumpers’ and runners’ shoes and tracks how their feet strike the ground. This information can help them reach peak performance and prevent injuries.

Joshua Breighner ’18 and Garrett Brown ’18, inventors of LIFT, Hartford Hawks athletes, and Track and Field Coach Richard Warren will be available for interviews.

WHEN ― October 15, 2016
Demonstration starts at 8:30 a.m., following the race that starts at 8 a.m. Media contact at the race: John Senecal 860.751.8569

WHERE University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Conn. Behind the University’s Sports Center in Parking Lot M  (Link to a campus map)

BACKGROUND ― Joshua Breighner, a prosthetics and orthotics major, and Garrett Brown, a physical therapy major, started working on LIFT during their first year in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. With a mutual passion for track and field, the two friends started filming each other’s running performance with a GoPro. Unsatisfied with the results of this video analysis, they turned to Assistant Professor Michael Wininger and Track and Field Coach Richard Warren for help in creating the device. Looking at the data in real-time, athletes can immediately measure the position and force of a runner or jumper’s foot when it strikes the ground. With this knowledge, coaches can develop specific training exercises for each athlete to improve performance.