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Motion and Performance Centre achieves CMAS accreditation

The biomechanics facility within the MPC has been accredited by the Clinical Movement Analysis Society of UK and Ireland for its work on gait analysis and 3d motion capture. This demonstrates that the laboratory meets required standards in several areas including; resources and facilities, equipment calibration, data collection, reliability, processing and interpretation, reporting, document control and auditing.  

The MPC is a long-term contributor to CMAS and this represents a significant milestone in the development of clinical work at the Centre.


Stroke Survivors Could Benefit from Listening to Regular Beat

A joint project between the University of Birmingham and the University of Worcester is looking into how listening to a regular beat could help stroke survivors improve their walking and reduce the risk of a fall.  

The new study has been launched to find out how the use of a metronome, a device used by musicians to keep to a beat, could aid stroke patients.  According to the Department of Health every year approximately 110,000 people in England have a stroke, which is the single largest cause of adult disability.  About 80% of people who have had a stroke suffer a degree of muscle weakness associated with one side, which could lead to an uneven walking pattern.   

Dr Rachel Wright, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham’ s School of Psychology, said: “An uneven walk can lead to a greater risk of a fall, and once someone has suffered a fall they can be fearful of falling again. This can prevent people from participating in activities that they once enjoyed because they are so worried about falling over. “Through this research we hope to look at how the use of a metronome can help to regulate a stroke patient’s walk and help them to achieve symmetry.”   

Dr Wright is carrying out the research using the University of Worcester’s state-of-the-art Motion Performance Centre.  Participants are analysed using the latest motion capture equipment to analyse how they walk before and after the introduction of a regular beat.  “This is a three-year project funded by The Stroke Association,” said Dr Wright. “We hope that the results will be used to design a home-based exercise programme which stroke survivors can use as part of their rehabilitation.”    

Dr Wright is currently looking for stroke survivors to assist in the research and would like to hear from anyone in the Worcester area who is willing to take part. For more information call 01905 857523 or email   

Motion & Performance Centre staff help Warriors' Matt Mullan to recover  

The Bromsgrove School-educated England-capped prop had torn a hamstring during a Warriors game .  

He was helped in his recovery by staff at the University’s Motion and Performance Centre (MPC), who carried out detailed assessments and analysis of his condition.   Staff used a Cybex Isokinetic Dynamometer, a specialist piece of equipment which measures joint strength, power, fatigue and imbalance.  

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “Detailed analysis provided by the Motion and Performance Centre aided Matt’s recovery process. Our staff are highly experienced and the technology we use is state-of-the-art. We were only too happy to help on this occasion.”