Volunteers for scientific study on rider fitness and riding position wanted!

March 2012

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

What are the normalised fitness parameters in riders? How does fitness relate to riding position?

Equine enthusiast volunteers are being sought out to get involved in a scientific PhD study being carried out at Writtle College.

The aim of the study is to evaluate what then general fitness level of an average horse rider is and what fitness parameters have an impact on riding position.

• Subjects will need to be at least 18 years of age, female and riding at least once a week on a regular basis.

During the study volunteers will undertake a series of low intensity fitness tests for Cardiovascular fitness, Balance, Flexibility and Core strength. They will also be asked to ride a mechanical horse, located at Writtle College, in walk, trot and canter whilst being filmed.

It is anticipated that the main period for data collection will take place during the Easter Holidays (02.04.12 -15.04.12) at Writtle College.

For further information or to book an appointment please do not hesitate to contact Jaana Sudhoff on 98282676@writtle.ac.uk or on 07503 191689. One hour slots can be booked in by appointment and two hour slots are available if you would like to attend with a friend.

All support given will be greatly appreciated to the progress of Jaana’s PhD studies as well to the advancement of Sports Science.