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Award winning Sports Injury Rehab Assistant

by Press Release
Monday 10th May 2010

Robert Clarke of Gowerton Swansea has been a fitness trainer both in the UK and USA for over 30yrs and has trained over 300,000 people both in amateur and professional sports and fitness. Robert owns the Robert Clarke Fitness Centre in Gorseinon Swansea.

The Sports Injury Rehab Assistant or
SIRA® for shortJohn Lockwood has been an Inventor and Entrepreneur for over 20yrs, with inventions such as the Flodef Flood Defence System, the New Build Lamination Flood defence system and Freair the Fresh Air bear a product designed to tackle one of the possible causes of sudden infant death syndrome.

Over the last 30yrs Robert has developed a mode of stretching his clients and asked John who was a client at the fitness centre if he could invent a machine to do Roberts stretch hence SIRA® was born.

The Sports Injury Rehab Assistant or SIRA® for short was developed over the last two years.

We were invited to exhibit this year at the 38th International Exhibition of Invention in Geneva by the Wales Innovators Network (WIN) on the Welsh Assembly Government stand and through WIN we received financial assistance from WAG to attend the event.

Due to the volcanic ash we had to change our travel plans at the last minute and drive to Geneva for the event. The event was from the 21st April to the 25th however Robert unfortunately missed the awards ceremony on the 23rd due to the fact he had to fly back to the UK as he was competing in the London Marathon on the 25th. Robert completed his 4th London marathon in 5hrs 18minutes just 1 minute outside his personal best and raised over £3000 for the Christian Lewis Trust.

In Roberts’s absence John was in Geneva for the remainder of the show with our operations manager James Timpson. During the 5 days of the show SIRA® was used over 200 times and on some occasions we had a queue of people waiting to use the machine. We took enquiries from distributors in all of the European Union as well as the USA, the Baltic States, Russia, South America and Japan. We even took 8 provisional orders for machines, 1 Russia, 1 Georgia, 1 Germany and 5 Columbia South America.

We were delighted to be awarded the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Gold Medal for best Inventors 2010, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of invention and innovation and the first time British inventors have ever received this award in its 15 year history, beating some 1000 entries from 45 countries.

SIRA® was also awarded a Gold Medal with Judges Accreditation for the classification of Medical Equipment.

Over the past two years we have worked closely with physiotherapists and sports scientist and have agreed for the Ospreys Welsh Rugby Union Team to have the first SIRA® machine for full field testing.

Mark Bennett and Alex Lawson of the Ospreys coaching team will use SIRA® for measuring the flexibility and conditioning of players as well as rehabilitation of any posterior muscle injuries.

We are also providing a machine to Mr Richard Evans, Head of Sports Science for Wigan Athletic Premiership Football Club, again for extensive field testing.

SIRA® can also be used in hospitals and physiotherapist can use several SIRA® machines linked to one computer to work on more than one patient at a time, which should go some way to easing waiting lists.

We have developed SIRA® with private equity funding and some grant assistance from WAG and recently secured more private equity funding to allow us to move premises, We are in the process of raising the last private equity funding we require in order to create three new jobs and implement our marketing plan

Check out this BBC News article for some more information



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