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Product Design for Manufacture Aim: PDR was initially commissioned to design and manufacture prototype mechanisms to be attached to existing fibreglass boards for testing the Ski Rider concept on a ski slope. Following successful evaluation, PDR were asked to aesthetically enhance the design and produce graphical treatments for the Ski Rider brand. Following acceptance of these designs, the client commissioned PDR to produce the parts necessary to build 10 Ski Riders. Ski Rider is an innovative piece of sports equipment designed for winter sports, resembling a foldable ski-scooter/snowboard with a steering facility created by a secondary smaller front ski. It has built in suspension and adjustability for various height individuals, and a disengagement feature enabling it to be folded flat for transportation. The innovative feature of Ski-Rider is its inclusive design, in particular the design significantly reduces impact on the user's joints (especially knees and hips) compared to traditional ski and snow-boarding equipment. This opens new markets by allowing people with minor joint problems to enjoy winter sports. Ski Rider gained industry certification, with the product being approved by the Whistler resort in Canada, which is renowned as having the highest safety standards in the world. Recognition Ski Rider featured on 'The Big Idea', a television programme screened on 'Sky One', aimed at discovering the next great British invention. Ski Rider was selected to partake from a series of regional competitions, winning the programme’s third episode and progressing to the final. Ski Rider, as specified by one of the judges on The Big Idea 'changes the market place for sports equipment' and came runner up overall. The product had significant impact in the media and was featured in BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/3981585.stm) Ski Rider is the only new product to be approved by the Whistler resort, Canada.
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Wixcey, Hannah (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2015)The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to explore the use of Pre- Performance Routines (PPR) in non-elite Equestrian athletes. Six female equestrian athletes were purposely selected based on their reported use ...
Jarvis, Bethany (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014)Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between anxiety and performance amongst horse riders during a dressage competition via a qualitative approach. Method: Six recreational horse riders ...
Robinson, Michelle Jane (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2011)This study is an evaluative and explorative based research into the reasons why riders choose to participate on an organised motorcycle tour. The study begins by briefly explaining the technical and cultural history of the ...