Buxton Experts Put Sports Hopefuls On The Right Track
Date posted: 20 June 2011
Experts in Sports Performance from the University of Derby Buxton are using their skills to help develop Derbyshire's young sporting talent.
With one of their young athletes recently coming back from injury to achieve a personal best time, the difference they can make to sporting performance is becoming clear.
Young 400 metres runner, Ben Jones, 15, from Hilton, trains with Derbyshire Athletics, and has been receiving specialist support from sports academics Adam Baker and Mark Cheetham through the University's partnership with the Derbyshire Athletics Network.
In his first competitive race since returning from injury, on June 11, Ben won the 400 metres in a personal best time of 52.70 seconds; becoming Derbyshire Schools Intermediate Boys' 400m Champion.
He credits the team at Buxton for their part in the win as he has been receiving their dedicated help and support since January 2011 in areas such as performance biomechanics, strength and conditioning training, and postural analysis.
Ben said: "I enjoy the training, and the help I've received from Adam and Mark has been really useful in getting me back to fitness. I've learned a lot about my technique, about warming up and how best to run, and I'm looking forward to more sessions and getting better and faster."
Lecturer in Anatomy and Sports Physiology, Adam Baker, said: "For an athlete to come back from injury with a personal best, like Ben has done, shows just how talented he is. We think that he is a real hope for Derbyshire sport, and we are enjoying helping him to reach his potential through our relationship with the Derbyshire Athletics Network."
Former 400m World Champion Daniel Caines who is a consultant for Derbyshire McCain Athletics Network, said: "I've been so impressed with the Buxton team, and I'm convinced that if I'd met them when I was struggling with my injuries I would still be competing now. It doesn't surprise me that results like Ben's."
The University of Derby Buxton's Sports team is currently working with eight other athletes through this partnership. Using the latest movement analysis techniques they are helping them take their natural talent, and hone and develop technique and strength - to perform at their highest level.
As a result of his win, Ben Jones got the chance to race in the Mason Trophy in Birmingham at the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday June 18. He achieved another great time of 53.20, taking fourth in his A race and seventh overall in the Intermediate Boys 400m.
For more information about Sports programmes at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb