Ron Dennis CBE, Founder and Chairman of Podium Analytics, commented: “Safety in sport is paramount and it’s essential that the focus shifts to young people. These early years are where habits are formed and injuries are first sustained, and this tracks from youth to adulthood, shaping the overall health and wellbeing of an individual throughout their life.
“Having spent over 40 years in motorsport, safety is an issue that I have lived and breathed. Countless improvements were made over the decades, but only due to the successful development of technology to capture real-time data to drive research and technology innovation. I have seen how mindsets can change from injury being an accepted norm to a focus on protection permeating a sport’s culture. It always comes back to the overarching philosophy – you need data to effect change, and it is this philosophy that we have built into Podium Analytics and that we are committed to bringing to wider sport.”
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, added: “Sport-related injury, particularly concussion, have rapidly risen to the top of under-reported and under-researched issues with lifelong consequences for both individual athletes and society. In keeping with the University’s mission and ethos, this partnership and the new Institute constitute a once-in-a-generation opportunity to inform and enable safe sport practices for lifelong health, and represents the best of science, medicine and technology coming together to deliver research that can have real-world and measurable impact on young people’s lives.”
The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: "Sport delivers huge physical and mental health benefits for young people but it is vital that we make sure that it is as safe as possible for participants. Better mitigating the risk of injuries in sport requires the sector working more closely together to deliver a step change in research, education, and the use of technology. I welcome the research being led by Podium Analytics with Oxford University. Their work will be fed into our action plan being developed with Laurence Geller, the Government's advisor on concussion in sport."