SPORTS scientists of the future were given a leg up by cardio-pulmonary diagnostic systems experts from Vitalograph this month.
CEO Bernard Garbe presented Buckingham’s Royal Latin School (RLS) with a £30,000 medical cardio-pulmonary exercise system, which has applications in sports science as well as in the diagnosis of lung disorders. The package includes the system, installation and ongoing training when required.
Mr Garbe said: “I can see that this project is really going to enhance the learning of students in the fundamentals of gas exchange in the body and I am keen for Vitalograph to play its part in showing how high-tech machines can be used to benefit students’ wellbeing in high performance sports.”
The gift is a boost for the school’s proposed £3million Sports Campus Project, which will benefit the local community as well as students.
Andy Roebuck, one of Vitalograph’s respiratory physiologists and a keen sportsman, put a junior athlete through his paces to demonstrate the equipment’s capabilities whilst training staff in the use of the systems and software. The student’s heartrate – which reached an impressive 204 beats per minute – was then compared against his oxygen usage to determine lung and cardio-vascular efficiency.
Ian Gould, head of physical education at the RLS, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Vitalograph for this very generous donation to the Sports Campus. This technology will transform how we are able to work with our students and will support their learning as they move towards university study.”
The RLS’s Sports Campus Project aims to provide facilities including an all-weather pitch, a fitness suite and an activity room, which will be available during and outside school hours.
The school also aims to host a series of community lectures on sports science featuring a variety of visiting speakers.