A little light research on movement

A Dunedin sport and exercise science project on human movement has helped smash myths about scientists and science, Steve Broni says.

A group of secondary school year 13 science pupils yesterday undertook the exercise project as part of the University of Otago’s latest annual Science Academy programme.

Year 13 Buller High School pupil Michael Suleman wears reflective markers on his skin which allow...
Year 13 Buller High School pupil Michael Suleman wears reflective markers on his skin which allow his running style to be recorded in near-infrared light, at the University of Otago yesterday. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
Fifty-one leading year 13 pupils from rural, provincial or low decile secondary schools are spending this week at the Dunedin campus, learning more about science.

"The beauty of the sports and exercise project is that it helps break down that old stereotype of the scientist in a lab playing around with test tubes and bunsen burners," academy director Mr Broni said.

High-tech research undertaken at the Otago School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science supported the efforts of New Zealand’s high-performing athletes and a "huge number" of recreational runners, cyclists and athletes, he said.


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