New Cloud-Based Track Management for Thoroughbred & Greyhound Racing

The New Zealand Sports Turf Institute has developed two bespoke track management platforms for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) and Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ).

Both systems use a common database architecture, live data visualisation and hardware, but each system has a bespoke track testing protocol and reporting system.

The platform features national and individual track views to allow various stakeholders to see the track information without contacting the respective track manager. Each site is hosted on a secure website with individual login credentials.

The mytrackmanager version provides the national track manager oversight of 32 racetracks with the ability to go into each racecourse and see detailed results for the current race meeting and trend data over time, whilst the mygreyhoundtrack version features six regional tracks.

A feature of the platform is attaining live data entry from the track; it is achieved by incorporating a 4G LTE tablet. The hardware is a commercial of the shelf (COTS) 8.7” 4G LTE tablet with a shockproof water-resistant casing designed for a variety of working conditions track managers often encounter.


Track managers upload track readings into the portal using the built-in 4G connectivity, reducing potential errors in data handling over the paper-based systems used previously. The system calculates the various track ratings, removing the need for track managers to complete mathematical calculations.

The track management portals also have a communication feature which allows for shared document libraries, calendars or other critical stakeholder information. Settings allow for the document to be view-only or available for download, which is great for templates.

This communication feature also allows for connection to a client’s cloud storage and enables the user to share files and images with an individual track or across the entire group and vice versa. This feature will rapidly evolve as track managers make use of the power of cloud computing.

To enhance this feature, NZSTI has deployed a series of templates for operations management, budgets, health and safety and track managers can utilise these through the portal.

 

Laying Foundations for Elite Women’s Football: An Industry Steps Up

by Charles Henderson
Managing Director at PSD & TGMS

In 2019, we were approached by a Hannah Buckley of The FA, who handles the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship Infrastructure. Pitches were one of Hannah’s immediate concerns because the league was experiencing a lot of cancellations and poor player feedback. The condition of pitches was impacting negatively on the profile of the competition and quality of football that could be played.

At PSD, we don’t chase clients, nor do we especially prioritise them; we treat each client as important as the other. Consequently, I didn’t realise the astonishing journey the next three years would bring. The clarity of vision that Hannah brought to our appointment has enabled PSD to support The FA in its vision to raise the profile of the Women’s game.

Sat viewing England in the Euro semi-final with my 5-month-old daughter, satisfaction washed over me, realising PSD had bolstered what has been an acceleration in the standard and profile around the world of Women’s football. Over three years and continuing, it has been a pleasure watching our grounds industry step-up to provide elite women’s football with pitches that have enabled the world’s best footballers. This has been achieved through consecutive years of careful planning and implementation.

Understanding what you have and quantifying it

With the WSL and WC on the rise, early TV rights deals were increasing in demand. The EPL and its ground staff have set the global standard for pitches, and during the 2019/2020 season, the neighbouring WSL was having an alternative experience. Thanks to the foresight of The FA, PSD had already begun the detailed measurement of pitch standards within the league using a system called Scoreplay. This system enabled The FA to identify where their pitches stood not solely in comparison with each other in the league but against established norms across other leagues such as some English Premier League clubs, where PSD conducts hundreds of tests every year.


(Above: Examples of pitch conditions caused by poor lower grade pitch infrastructure in 2019/2020.)

The FA were able to understand quickly; while early season and end of season quality showed more uniform and desirable playing conditions, critical winter periods from December to March were seeing pitch quality across the league become inconsistent, with several pitches falling below desirable standards. This was having an impact on cancellations, the visual profile of the game and free flowing, attractive football. It was not enhancing the profile of the WSL.

(Above: ScorePlay data processed into comparable overall quality ratings.)

(Above: ScorePlay data tracking pitch quality overtime.)

(Above: Measurement of surface drainage enabled pitches with limitations to be clearly identified and further investigations targeted.)

Determining the origins of inconsistent pitch quality during winter

Through implementation of objective assessments across the WSL and championship pitches, pitches with inherent limitations were to be identified for further investigations. Switching service provision from Pitch Quality testing, PSD implemented a series of objective feasibility studies to identify the existing pitch profiles and rootzones in place. This was achieved by initiating a series of sample excavations and collecting materials testing through European Turfgrass Laboratories. From this, The FA could identify limitations on specific pitches that required improvements in infrastructure and an additional maintenance approach to raise standards, which would make the WSL pitch standards more uniform.

Building a technical and business a case for works needed

Contrary to general perception, the global benchmark in pitch standards set by the EPL requires tremendous levels of investment and operational cost to sustain. The level of investment required to address limitations identified though earlier processes was significant and beyond what some club’s business models could facilitate. Support was going to be required for The FA to support WSL clubs and WSL itself in raising the profile of the league as a world leader.

The FA, working through its project delivery team The Football Foundation (FF), set off to facilitate a series of pitch upgrades that would target earlier identified limitations and provide long-term home grounds to clubs with pitches that sustain desirable standards year round. In some situations, this also meant being able to benefit men’s teams via upgrading ground share scenarios.

The FA, working with PSD, reviewed all pitch options available along with costs, not only looking at each venue, but looking at the maximum impact across the leagues. With standard pitch profiles at EPL grounds costing over £1.2m, The FA could not foresee an ability to achieve the widespread benefit to the WSL through generic implementation of such construction. PSD reviewed what the WSL needed to achieve from pitch improvement and the numbers of pitch improvements required to make a significant difference. From this, PSD brought forward newer technology options with alternative pitch profile constructions that enabled the WSL to make improvements by utilising as much of existing profiles as possible. This has made pitch works more accessible and reduced the comparable carbon footprint of such works across the league.

Effective delivery

The Football Foundation has now delivered 4 pitch improvement projects working through PSD and several industry suppliers. With such positive traction achieved, it was also pleasing to observe some clubs add further funds to investment to optimise pitch installations.



(Above: Improvements works at Kingsmeadow for Chelsea.)



(Above: Improvement works at Dagenham and Redbridge for West Ham.)

During 2021, The FA and Football Foundation supported the upgraded pitches during what were challenging COVID-19 periods. The football pitch construction industry stepped up during this time, dealing with quick turnaround times and high levels of lead time uncertainty to get pitches constructed during tight summer windows. Through effective cooperation, it was a pleasure for PSD to take oversight of these projects, helping to realise improvements needed and showcasing the industry’s ability. Most rewarding was the opportunity to welcome new or young grounds staff into roles with more responsibility.

Looking back, looking forward

All the England Women’s squad ply their trade in the WSL now. Three years ago, pitch quality was not good enough, and it was hindering the potential of the league and its players. Three years on, The FA has, through careful assessment and implementation, along with effective engagement of capital, achieved an observed and measured improvement in pitch quality. The British grounds profession and application of multiple disciplines within it, has played a huge role in helping The FA deliver its vision for the Women’s Football. We are proud to be part of this.

Perhaps the most impressive part of this journey is that it doesn’t stop. The FA is fast establishing the WSL as the standard of Women’s football. Women and girls now have established figureheads and new aspirations. The FA does, however, recognise that without grassroots and effective tiered football; the benefits are not realised by a nation. Focus is now shifting to pitches across more tiers of the national women’s game to identify standards and ways to improve these pitches year round.

PSD continues its work with the Women’s game supporting FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in India with the U17’s Women’s World Cup and the LOC in Australia & New Zealand for the Women’s World Cup working with sister organisations Labosport Australia and New Zealand Sportsturf Institute (NZSTI).


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Professor David James Presented an Honorary Lifetime ISEA Fellowship

Labosport Group is pleased to announce that Professor David James, Managing Director of Labosport UK, has been presented an honorary lifetime ISEA Fellowship Award from the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), in acknowledgment of his outstanding contributions to sports engineering. ISEA is a prestigious community of industry and academic researchers covering all sports and a broad spectrum of engineering and technology disciplines. Fellows must have a minimum of 10 years active participation in the ISEA, and engage in sports engineering through academic publications, technology development or engineering application.

James defined the recognition as a “humbling experience–for once I was left speechless at the awards ceremony.” He said, “although I am only mid-way through my career, I take great satisfaction in this recognition of the positive impact of my work.”

Known for his energy and dedication, James is recognized for his research and knowledge sharing through innovative projects with sports associations, corporations, and federations. In addition to his current work at Labosport, James has led research and knowledge transfer projects for 30 different organisations, including Adidas, FIFA, ITF, UK Sport, Honda Racing Corporation and the Football Foundation. His leadership has produced significant research outputs, including Olympic sport data intelligence, impact performance of electronic player tracking systems, goal line technology testing, turf splash measurement, the effects of atmospheric conditions on cricket ball trajectories, and offside technology homologation.

James is an authority on athlete-surface and ball-surface interactions. His expertise has earned him global recognition, and led to an increase in demand for his technical knowledge at sports engineering conventions around the world. He contributes to hundreds of digital and print publications, including magazines, books and peer-reviewed journals such as Sports Engineering, the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Sports Biomechanics, and the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. His technical expertise and research is discussed on broadcast TV and radio, including the BBC, Sky Sports, ABC, Al Jazeera, and ITV. James has provided written and oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, and has worked as an ambassador on countless committees throughout the UK.

For over two decades, James has helped to develop and train students. Most recently, he supervised research into characterising player movement on hybrid football turf (funded by Adidas), the effects of traction on lower limb injury in football, and traction mechanisms in synthetic turf. James is one founder of the pan-European sports engineering education alliance (a4see.com), which draws together leading universities in sports engineering to provide exchange opportunities, share best practice and enhance educational standards.

ISEA meets every 2 years for a conference where authors submit research articles, and selected papers are chosen for presentations. The ISEA community is thriving and its 14th conference was hosted by the Ray Ewry Sports Engineering Center at Purdue University on 6 – 9 June, 2022. The next conference will be at Loughborough University in July 2024.

If you would like to invite David James to collaborate on your next project or event, please contact Lisa Marie Bruce

Labosport Technicians Participate in Round Robin 2022

In May 2022, Labosport attended the annual Round Robin in Madrid, where technicians were examined by several governing bodies over 10 days. This included FIFA/World Rugby/FIH/Futsal and goalpost testing. It was a significant event because it was cancelled the last few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Labosport sent 18 technicians from the UK, Italy, France and Canada. It is estimated 100 technicians took part from institutes all over the world. The week began with four days of assessment by FIFA and World Rugby. This included testing one football and one rugby pitch using the equipment required for a comprehensive performance test. The results were documented and technicians observed, and both were analysed by representatives from the governing bodies.

The futsal and goalpost tests were the next set of scheduled tests, and these were completed in small groups. Technicians worked with governing body representatives to ensure the correct techniques and methods were used.

The FIH Round Robin was held on two separate hockey pitches over two days. Comparable to the FIFA/World Rugby event, the technicians were examined on the complete suite of performance tests required for the FIH test.

Labosport’s trip to Spain was an enormous success. Technicians enjoyed the warm weather and the opportunity to meet teams from other test institutes.

Labosport Introduces the Red Robin

Labosport is pleased to unveil its new Red Robin device for the assessment of sports fields – an autonomous solution that collects data along a pre-defined virtual grid of measurement locations. At each test location, the Red Robin can measure NDVI (0.00 to 1.00), turf coverage (0% to 100%), turf colour (graphic), surface hardness (Clegg, 0g to 500g), soil moisture (0.0% to 100.0%) and surface temperature (-30.0 ºC to +150 ºC). It enters the market as the most advanced rolling drone in the industry.

Red Robin combines AI and autonomous vehicle technology to liberate grounds staff and technicians from repetitive tasks. Its consistency and precise programmed procedures improve data collection accuracy while reducing test times. It can effortlessly move forward, backward and make 360-degree turns across a variety of surface conditions and in most weather. The Red Robin is equipped with a fast-charging battery that lasts up to 4-hours of continuous operation. Data analytics comprise heat maps and historical tendency graphs which are accessible via mobile phone (app), tablets, laptops, and desktops. Information is stored using the most advanced cloud-based encryption.

The Red Robin platform is designed with scalability in mind; it is built to be durable and whenever additional tests, equipment and sensors are needed, they can be easily added and connected to the on-board computer. Sustainability is one of the key values influencing Labosport’s research and development team. The base unit can embed new technology as required, making it a smart investment with flexible pricing. Labosport expects to offer new measurement modules regularly, with software and apps designed for seamless upgrades in performance. The first bundle of upgrades is slated for late 2022.

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Labosport Collaborates with FIFA and Loughborough Researchers on Artificial Pitch Testing

Labosport and Loughborough University researchers have collaborated with international governing body giant FIFA to bring artificial pitch testing into the modern era.

As the use of artificial turf increases worldwide, researchers from Labosport and Loughborough’s Sports Technology Institute have been selected as key partners to develop and improve testing methods, ensuring quality and consistency is maintained throughout.

Dr. Steph Forrester, Reader in Sports Engineering and Biomechanics, explained: “FIFA put out a call for proposals to develop the next generation of mechanical test devices to access the player surface interaction on artificial turfed football pitches.

“Our knowledge and understanding of artificial turf and how it behaves under player interactions has increased and obviously technology has increased too. There’s massive scope to make these test devices much better and to bring them into the modern game.

“The common global aim for this project is to improve artificial turf surfaces for football players worldwide. For us, as researchers, it’s great to be involved in a project where we can demonstrate the impact of the research we do and for that impact to be global.”

Katharina Wistel, Group Leader FIFA Quality Programme, said: “We knew we had to reach out to the wider football research industry as we also knew that it would be key to objectify the very subjective feeling that players have when using artificial surfaces. The project should help us identify this gap and close it.”

Dr. Jon Roberts, Senior Lecturer and Head of Sports Technology Research Group, touched upon the challenges faced and the importance of new research in an evolving market:

“One of the problems we’re looking to address is that the current test devices have been used for many years and aren’t necessarily devised to assess artificial pitches.

“Consequently, what we’re finding is the measured data from the test devices doesn’t necessarily reflect player opinion.”

Dr. David Cole was also involved in the testing and explained how the equipment records vital information.

“We have a number of samples (of artificial pitches) with a range of different tractions and hardness values. We’re trying to see how sensitive the athletes are to changes,” he said.

“What we have is a studded force plate with some weights on top to replicate the human load. We bring up the device, drop it on the surface and rotate. We then record the full torque angle profile and analyse that data to work out the traction of the surface.

“We [also] have the Advanced Artificial Athlete (AAA) and it replicates a human foot strike on a surface…these two devices look at the vertical and horizontal forces generated. These allow us to do these in a repeatable way where we can compare different areas of the pitch and different pitches altogether.”

Professor Paul Fleming, Professor of Sports Surface and Ground Engineering, said:

“Testing of artificial turf is really important for lots of reasons. It’s done to approve products, approve installations of fields, the comparison between products, and in some cases, it’s done to provide more detailed characteristics about how we expect the field to play. This also links to the performance of athletes and injury of athletes.”

Throughout the project Loughborough also worked alongside leading sports field testing and certification company, Labosport.

Labosport’s Managing Director, Professor David James, explained our input in the research.

“Our involvement in the project is to provide that end user perspective. We can inform the design of the equipment and take it on the road with us, around the UK and the world, to see how it performs.”

More updates will be provided as the project progresses.

LABOSPORT France recrute un(e) CONTRAT D’APRENTISSAGE (H/F)

Fondé en 1993, LABOSPORT est devenu le leader mondial sur le marché de la certification des sols sportifs. Le groupe LABOSPORT est présent dans le monde entier au travers de ses différentes filiales et propose des services dans l’amélioration continue et l’innovation des infrastructures sportives. Nous nous concentrons sur la sécurité des athlètes, la performance sportive, la durabilité des infrastructures et l’environnement

LABOSPORT est un Laboratoire de Contrôle accrédité ISO 17025 et reconnu par toutes les fédérations sportives nationales et internationales pour réaliser des tests et contrôles de terrains et installations sportives.

Afin de poursuivre le développement de son activité, dans l’univers passionnant du sport, LABOSPORT France recrute un(e) :

CONTRAT D’APRENTISSAGE (H/F)

BACHELOR RESPONSABLE TECHNIQUE EN AMÉNAGEMENT

D’ESPACES SPORTIFS (RTAES)

Unique en France, la formation de Responsable Technique en Aménagement d’Espaces Sportifs (RTAES) a pour objectif de former des techniciens qualifiés dotés de compétences clés, portant sur l’étude de projets, la préparation à la conduite d’un chantier d’aménagement d’espaces sportifs, le management d’une équipe et le contrôle des travaux, et enfin la maîtrise et l’organisation de son activité.

Lieu de formation de l’enseignement professionnel :

Sur le campus de LÉA-CFI Jouy-en-Josas : https://www.lea-cfi.fr/campus-jouy-en-josas-ex-tecomah

Activités et mission au sein de Labosport :

Après une période de formation au laboratoire du Mans (2 à 4 semaines), vous accompagnez les ingénieurs et techniciens de notre équipe dans la réalisation de mission de tests et inspections in situ sur tous types d’installations sportives existantes et en construction (terrains de grands jeux, pistes d’athlétisme, terrains de tennis, hippodromes, gymnases) :

  • Intervention aux différentes étapes de la construction des projets pour assurer de la conformité des ouvrages livrés par rapport aux différentes normes en vigueur (NF P90-112, NF EN 15330-1 : plateforme, réseau de drainage, fondations, revêtement de sols sportifs, etc.).

  • Tests et inspections en France ou à l’étranger conformément aux règlements des fédérations sportives nationales ou internationales (FFF, FFR, FFH, FFA, FFT, FIFA, Goal Line Technology, World Rugby, IWA, FIH, ITF…).

  • Réalisation des diagnostics techniques, en vue de rénovations à venir,

  • Rédaction des rapports correspondants.

  • Possibilité de réalisation d’essais laboratoire basé au Mans : essais d’homologation de sols sportifs synthétiques ou essais en technique routière sur des matériaux liés à des infrastructures sportives (analyse granulométrique, Proctor, perméabilité…).

Périmètre d’intervention :

  • Vous réalisez des interventions en France.

  • Déplacements à la journée ou la semaine.

Profil :

  • Avoir entre 18 et 30 ans pour un contrat d’apprentissage

  • Niveaux : être titulaire d’un BTSA aménagements, paysagers, d’un BTS travaux

publics, d’un BUT génie civil, ou équivalent.

Modalités :

  • Vous résiderez à proximité du siège de l’entreprise (Le Mans). Nous participons aux frais d’hébergement. Lors de la présence au siège ou pour les déplacements en mission, les frais d’hébergement et de repas sont pris en charge (note frais ; une avance de frais est prévue).

  • Un PC et les EPI sont fournis.

Perspectives à l’issu du contrat d’apprentissage :

CDI pour poste de technicien sols sportifs itinérant.

Candidature :

Merci d’adresser votre dossier de candidature (CV + lettre de motivation) à l’attention de M. Benoit BOSSUET (Responsable Technique) à l’adresse suivante : benoit.bossuet@labosport.com

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LABOSPORT France recrute un(e): TECHNICIEN(NE) SOLS SPORTIFS ITINERANT (H/F)

Fondé en 1993, LABOSPORT est devenu le leader mondial sur le marché de la certification des sols sportifs. Le groupe LABOSPORT est présent dans le monde entier au travers de ses différentes filiales et propose des services dans l’amélioration continue et l’innovation des infrastructures sportives. Nous nous concentrons sur la sécurité des athlètes, la performance sportive, la durabilité des infrastructures et l’environnement

LABOSPORT est un Laboratoire de Contrôle accrédité ISO 17025 et reconnu par toutes les fédérations sportives nationales et internationales pour réaliser des tests et contrôles de terrains et installations sportives.

Afin de poursuivre le développement de son activité, dans l’univers passionnant du sport, LABOSPORT France recrute un(e):

TECHNICIEN(NE) SOLS SPORTIFS ITINERANT (H/F)

Vos missions:

Rattaché(e) au responsable technique, au sein d’une équipe de 6 personnes, vous avez pour mission de réaliser des tests et inspections in situ dans votre secteur sur tous types d’installations sportives existantes et en construction (terrains de grands jeux, pistes d’athlétisme, terrains de tennis, hippodromes, gymnases) :

– Vous intervenez aux différentes étapes de la construction des projets pour assurer de la conformité des ouvrages livrés par rapport aux différentes normes en vigueur (NF P90-112, NF EN 15330-1 : Pistes, Gazon synthétiques etc.).

– Vous réalisez des tests et inspections en France ou à l’étranger conformément aux règlements des fédérations sportives nationales ou internationales (FFF, FFR, FFH, FFA, FFT, FIFA, Goal Line Technology, World Rugby, World Athletics, FIH, ITF…).

– Vous rédigez les rapports correspondants.

En relation avec le responsable technique, vous organiserez le planning de vos interventions et serez en contact direct avec les clients (Collectivités, entreprises, clubs…).

Votre profil:

– Formation technique, idéalement en aménagement et construction d’espaces sportifs (Type « Formation Tecomah ») ou Génie civil (DUT ou licence Pro Génie civile) ou BTS Travaux Public ou en Mesures Physiques (DUT MP).

– Rigoureux et autonome, vous aimez vous investir dans la technique et avez le sens du contact client.

– Titulaire du permis B, vous êtes mobile et disponible pour vous déplacer sur les installations sportives en France et occasionnellement à l’étranger.

– La connaissance d’une deuxième langue (anglais, espagnol, allemand) peut être un plus pour être opérationnel lors des déplacements hors France.

– Débutants acceptés.

Périmètre d’intervention:

– Vous serez dans un 1er temps basé au Mans : période de formation / intégration (6 mois à 1 an). A l’issue de votre formation, vous serez amené à couvrir en priorité le secteur Paris / Nord / Grand-Est (lieu de résidence à définir).

– Vous réalisez des interventions sur site en France. Vous pourrez également être amené à réaliser des interventions à l’étranger.

– Nombreux déplacements (à la semaine).

Modalités du contrat:

– CDI

– 13ème mois et autres avantages (intéressement, PEE)

– Tickets restaurant

– Rémunération : 25 à 35 k€ annuels selon grille conventionnelle (38,5 H/semaine avec RTT), expérience et qualification.

– Mise à disposition d’un véhicule de service, d’un PC portable et d’un téléphone.

Candidature:

Merci d’adresser votre dossier de candidature (CV + lettre de motivation) à l’attention de M. Benoit BOSSUET (Responsable Technique) à l’adresse suivante: benoit.bossuet@labosport.com

 

Labosport Group Announces the Appointment of Roberto Armeni to Chairman of CEN-TC 217

LYON, FRANCE – Labosport Group is pleased to announce Roberto Armeni has been appointed chair of CEN-TC 217. CEN is the European Committee for Standardization, a network of 34 countries recognized by both the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as the body responsible for establishing and defining voluntary standards at the European level.

TC-217 is the Technical Committee for sports surfaces. Its sub-committees cover test methods, classification, environmental aspects of sports surfaces, surfaces of sports halls, turf areas, unbound mineral surfaces, synthetic surfaces, angled ball behaviour, shock absorption and friction.

Armeni has been an integral part of Labosport Group for many years, working across strategy, transformation, and innovation. He brings deep technical insight to his new appointment.

“As the world’s largest sports testing institute, Labosport is happy and proud of this appointment,” said Gabriel Gendreau, CEO of Labosport Group. “It clearly states our ambition to take our responsibility, for the common interest of the whole sport surface industry. With his long career at Labosport, undisputed technical know-how, and a strong sense for quality, he was the natural candidate.”

Throughout his 34-year career, Armeni has maintained numerous leadership positions focused on strategy and improvement initiatives within the industry. Since 2003, he has led the sector in national and international seminars where he is regularly the auditor or guest speaker. He was the consultant to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) during its outline of the test protocol for artificial grass surfaces, now in its 3rd edition. He is also the coordinator for the Italian Standardization Body (UNI) working group CT020/GL03.

Armeni is often the Party-appointed Technical Consultant (CTP) in Preventive Technical Assessment (ATP) expert activities in legal disputes related to production defects or damage suffered by installed products such as 11-a-side football fields, 5-a-side and 7-a-side football fields, tennis courts, athletics tracks, wooden gyms, PVC gyms, and playgrounds.

Armeni was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Sport Surfaces Sciences (ISSS) in 2011. The Association brings together laboratories and experts serving in the sports sector and acts as a comparison body between the numerous countries for the verification of the development of test techniques. In 2015, Armeni was nominated president of the Association.

In an ongoing project with the University of Pavia, Armeni works in collaboration with Mauro Testa, Professor of Ergonomics and Remo Lombardi, Professor of Electronic and Computer Bioengineering. The work includes a comprehensive study on the behaviour of sports surfaces in reaction to a variety of stressors and it involves the collection of data from professional athletes.

Armeni received his degree in electrical engineering and electronics in 1987 from the State Industrial Technical Institute A. Badoni – Lecco.

About Labosport Group
Labosport Group is a multinational corporation that is engaged in delivering safety, performance, durability and sustainability to sport facilities and playgrounds. It is the world leader in sports field testing and certification.

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