Chichester academic researches exercise for sailors

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PRACTICAL ways to look after the welfare of those who work on fast boats have been put forward by a Chichester academic.

Research by exercise physiologist Dr Stephen Myers looked at the physical demands on fast boat crews, which can lead to fatigue, injury and reduced cognitive ability through a repetitive process known as Whole Body Vibration (WBV).

The summer is the busiest time of the year for RNLI lifeboat crews, and Royal Marines and Special Forces will be ensuring maritime security during the Olympics.

A seminar for fast response craft personnel was an opportunity for representatives from across the maritime sector to learn what steps other organisations are taking to tackle the issue of WBV.

Dr Myers said: ‘Preventing injury before it occurs is obviously the most ideal situation for businesses that operate fast boats, and the aim of physical training would be to do this.

‘As in sport, exercises carried out should reflect the demands of the occupation – after all you wouldn’t ask Usain Bolt to train like Bradley Wiggins.’