The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) has been a dedicated supporter of GBWR for over 10 years. The mission of the PHC is to improve knowledge of Paralympic sport and to promote the substantial health and quality of life benefits that can be gained through participation in disability sport and physical activity. The centre is heavily involved in research, in addition to providing sport science support to a number of GB squads, including GBWR.
Over the years, Professor Vicky Tolfrey has aligned PhD research student projects aimed to enhance performance and coach education in a number of key areas. Many athletes have benefited from sophisticated testing procedures of the highest standard, which include aerobic and anaerobic exercise testing, measurement and understanding of body composition, immune function, sleep and technical analysis focusing on the wheelchair and the players’ pushing techniques.
Currently, part of the PHC research specifically focuses on ‘optimising performance enhancing strategies in wheelchair rugby’ which aims to inform players and coaches around different strategies which training and performance can be maximised in the build up to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games. Furthermore, Dr Barry Mason is leading a team of international researchers to help develop a better understanding of the classification system via a research programme funded by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).”