World's fastest one-legged man
Stacey Rigney's pioneering research has been featured on UNSW Engineers Magazine's debut e-magazine. Working with the world’s fastest man on one leg is one of the best highlights of researching prosthetics, says Stacey. We think it's pretty exciting too.
Stacey Rigney is supervised by Dr Lauren Kark, and as part of her research she spends time at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, working with young athletes and equal world record holder for the T42 100m sprint, Scott Reardon.
“He’s amazing and he’s so involved in the decisions that are made about his leg and his sport,” said Stacey. “In terms of research and designing new prosthetics, I can do something that I think is worthwhile, but it’s so good to hear what he thinks the priorities are at the coalface.”Stacey explains that although continuous-shape carbon-fibre foot and lower limb prostheses have been used in competition since the late 1980s, there is no accurate modeling of how they affect amputee gait and there is limited understanding of their functional performance.
Stacey is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and is supervised by the elusive but brilliant Dr Lauren Kark.