Project Details


Running is one of the most common modes of physical activity, with nearly 7 (UK) and 50 (EU) million people (Sports England, 2018; Scheerder et al., 2015) running for health, recreational or competitive purposes. The large majority of runners (~75%) regularly uses consumer technology (e.g. smart-phones/watches, HR-monitors) and consider it an essential aid to monitor training, improve performance and correct movement behaviours that could increase injury risk (Clermont et al, 2019).
Wearable technologies show great potential: not only do they provide valuable feedback to runners, but they also offer sport performance and injury prevention research the opportunity to remove the limitations of lab-based analyses, collect “real-world” data for extensive periods of time, and enable prospective studies on a wide scale. However, these technologies still require rigorous scientific scrutiny to test and improve the quality of their measurements (Camomilla et al., 2018). Also, the availability of large datasets makes it necessary to develop bespoke methods for the extraction of meaningful and readily interpretable information.
NURVV has recently developed a running wearable system (smart insoles), which provides motion tracking coupled with some unique features to provide insight into runner’s biomechanics (e.g. footstrike type, pronation index). The potential of the technologies embedded in NURVV is huge, from both an industrial and scientific perspective, and the first version of the product has only explored part of it.
This scholarship will offer a unique and exciting opportunity to generate new knowledge in the area of biomechanics and injury prevention, and interact with an industrial partner to transfer that knowledge into technology available on the market.
Short title£33,000
StatusNot started
Effective start/end date29/03/2126/03/24