Rory Cooper (USA) AND Mike McNamee (GBR)

Rory Cooper

Rory CooperRory A. Cooper, PhD is the FISA Foundation - Paralyzed Veterans of America Chair at the University of Pittsburgh and Founding Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been an author on over 300 peer-reviewed journal publications and his work has recieved coverage from TIME, CNN, NBC, Forbes Magazine, and other international media sources. Dr Cooper's is a Paralympic medalist and former world record holder; his contributions have been recognized with the Paralympic Scientific Achievement award.

Mike McNamee

Mike McNameeMike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics in the College of Engineering at Swansea University, UK. His teaching and research interests are in the philosophy and ethics of engineering, medicine, policing, research, and sports. He has held Visiting Professorships in Belgium, China, Greece, Norway and the USA. He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and serves or has served on the executive committees of many national and international associations, including the European College of Sport Science, the International Council for sport Science and Physical Education and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. He was the founding Editor of the journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy and Routledge’s landmark book series Ethics and Sports.

Technology in Paralympic Sport - Optimizing Performance

Abstract: Technology plays a central role in Paralympic Sport. In cases such as wheelchair racing, hand-cycling, and running with prosthetic limbs; the sport is largely defined by the technology and its interaction with the user. In all Paralympic sports technologies has a tremendous impact on training, classification, and ultimately performance. Examples of advances in echnology and their impact on Paralympic Sport will be discussed. These will include sports equipment, measurement, and training technologies.