Sport and technology have come together to benefit a local teenager thanks to Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire project.
Charlie Bonner, a 16-year-old wheelchair basketball player from Boston, was born with the rare neuromuscular condition known as Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC). His condition causes him to experience involuntary contractions around his joints and he attends regular physiotherapy sessions to improve his daily movement and performance during games.
During a recent visit to his physiotherapist, Charlie was referred to Franky Mulloy, a Sports Biomechanist at the University of Lincoln, to analyse his technique.
Franky, who also runs onlincolnshire’s Louth Technology Hub at The Meridian Leisure Centre, used the hub’s high-speed cameras to film Charlie in action. The pair were able to analyse Charlie’s movements in slow motion to assess his strengths and identify areas of weakness in his modified technique which could be improved.
“Being able to analyse my movements in such detail has enabled me to break down my shooting technique,” explained Charlie.
“It’s been a great opportunity to identify where my power is coming from when I shoot.
“Franky from the Louth Technology Hub was very helpful. He gave me useful advice on how to improve my skills and techniques to achieve greater consistency, which will help me play better.”
Charlie, whose interest in wheelchair basketball was first sparked at the age of seven, currently plays for the Jaguars under-19 team and attends GB Training Camps. He has previously competed at the National Junior Championships and was a reserve for the Sainsbury’s School Games England Central squad.
Thanks to the high-speed technology cameras at the Louth Technology Hub, Charlie was able to identify why his back was getting sore when he played and was able to make adjustments to his chair to prevent this. The technology has also given him an opportunity to hone his skills and use the experience to pursue his ambition to play at a national level.
The Louth Technology Hub, is one of five hubs set up by onlincolnshire across the county to give businesses access to state-of-the-art digital technology. The hubs, which are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are home to a range of digital technology including 3D printers, laser cutters, scanners, GoPro cameras, milling machines and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.
The onlincolnshire project has been included in the 2015 Digital Leaders 100 list and shortlisted in the Best Digital Skills Product or Service category.
Voting for the overall winners of the Digital Leaders 100 is now open and will close at the end of May 2015. To vote for onlincolnshire visit www.digitalleaders100.co.uk
For more information about Charlie Bonner visit: http://lincolnshiresport.com/charlie-bonner/
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