Saturday, September 22, 2018

UrFU expands athletic training, research programs with new testing facility

Ural Federal University (UrFU) announced on Monday that it will commit to an appreciable expansion of its sports research, training and innovation programs through its newly-opened athletic testing center.

The university's new state-of-the-art athletic studies facility is the first independent sports testing center in Russia. Equipped with modern training and security equipment, UrFU's testing center will provide national testing and certification programs for athletic programs throughout the country.

Additionally, the center will conduct research programs focused on athletics and research with academic initiatives overseen by UrFU's Institute of Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy.

"The main objective of the Center is to provide services for independent examination and testing of materials and sports equipment as well as certification of sports facilities," UrFU Vice-Rector for Innovation Sergei Gromov said. "The center is equipped with certified equipment [acquired from] company DelTecMetaalMaatwerk (Netherlands), the test results, which are recognized by major international sports federations... and other federations."

UrFU has entered a long-term partnership with ISA Sport, a firm in the Netherlands, to jointly conduct research and consulting services for sports groups and sports facilities, with the goal of marketing the center's services to sports clubs, educational institutions, municipalities, design institutes, architectural workshops, building contractors and sports equipment manufacturers around the world.

"Today the center is testing sports surfaces and certification of sports facilities with artificial turf, athletic tracks and playgrounds in the future work with snow and ice cover and pools," Gromov said.