Press Release from Bournemouth University
22 April 2009
Emma Wray / Charlotte Knight
Tel: 01202 961033
Prostheses research informs 2012 Paralympic Games
The 2012 Paralympics can benefit from unique research into prostheses technology,
thanks to an academic from Bournemouth University.
Bryce Dyer, Senior Lecturer in BU’s School of Design, Engineering & Computing, who
is undertaking a PhD in Prostheses Sports Technology, won third place for his poster
presentation at the Paralympics GB national conference.
Bryce’s presentation: A Fair Provision Of Lower-Limb Prostheses Technology For
Paralympic Level Running, was displayed during the conference held at Loughborough
University in March 2009 and drew the following conclusions:
• The lower-limb running prosthesis is a restorative (not enhancement) form of
equipment in nature and should be treated as such.
• Increased legislative control and performance limitations should be imposed on
the lower-limb prostheses to maintain a fair environment within the specific
• A lower-limb prostheses performance should be set by individuals’ own physical
abilities that they have obtained under naturally generated means rather than a
Bryce was recently invited to join the International Paralympic Committee based on the
emerging results of his doctoral research project and will be part of an international
working party to evaluate and review sports technology and advise on policy in
preparation for the 2012 Games.
“Being a member of this prestigious advisory group will allow me to implement my
current research experience in disability sports technology at a global level and also to
contribute in a practical way to the further development of the GB team,” said Bryce.
Notes to Editors:
1. BU is the UK’s no. 1 New University (first place among all institutions that
became universities since 1992) according to The Guardian University
Guide 2009 (www.guardian.co.uk/education).
2. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) BU is the 4th most improved
university in the UK for the quality of its research (according to Times Higher
Education). Research relating to Design and Engineering is rated as world-
leading, achieving results in the highest possible RAE subject categories.
3. To read more about Bryce Dyer’s research and BU’s Design Simulation Research
Centre, visit: http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/dsrc/
ENDS 22 April 2009
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