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Gear up for first RaceRunning event at Queen Margaret University

25th May 2017

The new sport of RaceRunning for people with severe mobility difficulties will be the topic of a research seminar held at Queen Margaret University (QMU) on Saturday 27th May 2017.

QMU has teamed up with the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) and researchers at Edinburgh University to stage its first ever public RaceRunning seminar.

The special event will be introduced by Danish Paralympic gold medallist and inventor of the Running Bike, Connie Hansen. A Running Bike is a three wheeled bike with no pedals that supports you as you walk or run. The bike allows people with even the most severe balance difficulties and who are unable to walk, to propel themselves independently.

From 10am until 3pm, physiotherapists, students, athletes and their families , researchers, and representatives of local leisure and sports clubs from across Scotland and beyond will come together on the university campus to find our more about this exciting new sport and its associated research.

Topics of discussion and debate in the morning will include physiotherapists’ and athletes’ perspectives of the sport, how to set up a RaceRunning group, and in the afternoon RaceRunning research, including studies focusing on the sport to be included in future Paralympic games.

Dr Marietta van der Linden from the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research at QMU and organiser of the RaceRunning seminar, said: “We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with CPISRA and Edinburgh University to raise awareness of RaceRunning and its related research at this special event. ”

We hope to welcome a variety of physiotherapy professionals and students, as well as people from the sports world, researchers and all others interested in the development of RaceRunning in Scotland.”

At QMU, we aim to generate research and knowledge exchange activity that enhances the quality of life of people living with long-term health conditions.. Our research, conducted with partners in the healthcare, community and commercial sectors, aims to support the development of enhanced professional practice and policy.”

Dr van der Linden has carried out research into the walking characteristics of children with Cerebral Palsy. At QMU, she has led research related to interventions aimed at improving physical function of people with Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy through assistive technology and exercise.

The RaceRunning seminar is free, but people should register online at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/racerunning-seminar-tickets-5932001777 or email Dr Marietta van der Linden at QMU, E: MVanDerLinden@qmu.ac.uk

For more information on RaceRunning, visit: www.racerunning.org

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA), visit: http://cpisra.org


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