Olympic Games 2024: Aix-Marseille Université will contribute to optimizing the performance of Paralympic athletes

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The Aix Marseille Institute of Movement Science and its Fast Spor'in Network are among the 13 laboratories involved in the national PARAPERF project, which has obtained financial support from the PIA as part of the "Very High Performance Sport" Priority Research Programme.

In the context of the future 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, France aims to double the number of medals won in the last Olympics. With this in mind, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Sports have called on the funding of the Future Investment Programmes to finance innovative projects via the call for projects Priority Research Programme "Very High Performance Sport".

Among the 6 winners, the PARAPERF project, "Optimizing Paralympic performance: from identification to winning a medal", aims to understand the specific challenges of very high performance Paralympics in terms of trajectories, equipment optimization and human environments in order to better accompany athletes to the podiums of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.

The project concerns 13 sports and 467 summer Paralympic events. Coordinated by INSEP (Institut National Sport et Performance), it is structured in three research and development areas:

  • Performance trajectories & estimation of potential
  • Couple Athlete - Wheelchair
  • Environment & Athlete's pathway

Aix Marseille Université/Institute of Movement Science/Fast Spor'In (AMU-CNRS) is involved in axis 2 "Couple Athlete - Wheelchair" through the prevention and treatment of injury risk factors with the ballistic ergometer (innovation by Aix-Marseille University/CNRS). The development of instrumented and connected wheels for wheelchairs with handrails, and the study of the performance of their pneumatics.

Finally, the University of Aix-Marseille will be one of the 3 fixed national platforms for hosting internships and multiple research projects within the Technosport platform. The project is led, in Marseille, by Arnaud Hays, research engineer and high-level sports expert within the Fast Spor'In network, and Denis Bertin, technological development manager.

Useful links

The A*Midex page dedicated to the projects of the Investments for the Future programme :

The website of the PARAPERF project:

Contact information

Scientific and technical manager of the project :
Arnaud Hays

Project Officer Transfer with the socio-economic and cultural world
Antoine Parrot