ONE of the legends of world athletics will run the rule over facilities at the University next week when World Athletics President Sebastian Coe launches the new UL Sport and Human Performance Research Centre.
Lord Coe, who is now a British Conservative Party politician, is one of the pre-eminent middle-distance runners of all time and won four Olympic medals, including 1500 metres gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984. He was also the holder of nine outdoor and three indoor world records.
He will visit University of Limerick on Wednesday, October 26 as guest of honour at the official opening of the Sport and Human Performance Research Centre, which will advance interdisciplinary research in sport and other domains of human performance.
The event will also include a presentation by the University’s Weight Category Sport Science group who will demonstrate physiological testing on a horse racing simulator.
A team of UL researchers will display their novel technology for assessing the sprint start while the Esports team will demonstrate how they collect and analyse brain activity during gaming using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).