We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake a unique Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with two north-west universities, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
The new partnership will see ProMOTION EV1 become the first product that has software capabilities to combine cryotherapy and contrast therapy data capture, with associated outcomes This will allow users to share the most effective therapy protocols that deliver the best outcomes – a major step forwards for professionals working in sports medicine.
Managing Director Jonathan Smith explains: “ProMOTION EV1 has been developed, backed by scientific research and development since its inception.
“This funding award by Innovate UK will enable us to continue this development and add to the range of benefits offered by EV1, with the addition of a data analytics dashboard with the unique capability to share best practice protocols globally. Users will be able to create individual club/player accounts where teams can access injury/usage data and use this data to monitor, analyse injuries and provide clinicians with the opportunity to easily share best practice protocols for injury management.”
The project will deliver an industry-first cloud based software solution that works seamlessly with the portable ProMOTION EV1 to support physiotherapists working in elite sport.
John Hartley, Head Physiotherapist at Derby County FC said: “Currently medical departments within elite sports clubs cannot easily track, monitor, store within medical records and analyse cryotherapy/ contrast therapy/ heat therapy protocols alongside the associated outcomes. Often, only standard protocols designed for acute stage therapy are used by practitioners.
“Having the most effective therapy protocols for acute, subacute and chronic injury stages and a platform for elite practitioners to share, review and assess best practice would be a great step forward in this area of rehabilitation.”
Prof. Moi Hoon Yap, Research Lead of Department of Computing & Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University added:
“Data capture technology is commonly used to maximise player performance, e.g. GPS data vests to track and manage distance, speed, and loading, throughout a weekly training schedule, as part of injury prevention activities. However, following injury, the approaches for recording and assessing different therapy protocols are not easily recorded, stored, or analysed.
“Innovation in this field, to allow for easy-to-use solutions that encapsulate injury management data, could help medical teams to identify protocols that have been most effective for individual players based on their injury and characteristics and ultimately help to inform and define optimal protocols for injury management.”