Hamstring Solo is a fitness and testing apparatus for professional sports teams. Hamstring injuries are the number one injury in elite sport. Current exercise methods are not measureable and are often completed incorrectly, thus prolonging the injury. The Hamstring Solo allows athletes to undertake and complete exercise correctly.
Design+ engaged with NJD Solutions at the early stage of design and prototype development through an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher. The task for Design+ was to redesign the existing prototype for batch production, with considerations for manufacture methods and material selection. The working mechanism, which also allowed Hamstring Solo to be used as testing apparatus, needed to be developed and solutions sought for the design issues it presented in earlier prototypes. The visual presence of the product was also addressed in the design of the overall colour pallet and feel of the product. The feet and end caps of the product were given a distinguishing design along with the kneeling pads. Addressing the visual presence of the product ensured that the physical design communicated strength and technical excellence. The development was carried out in conjunction with the Institute’s rehabilitative science research group, combined with design thinking. On conclusion of the project, the client was provided with a set of technical drawings of the product components and assemblies, along with corresponding 3D computer generated models. The client has subsequently manufactured the improved product using the Design+ project outputs and has secured sales with the IRFU as well as three inter-county hurling teams. NJD Solutions are currently operating from the post-New Frontiers hot desk room at the Institute of Technology Carlow’s Enterprise and Research Incubation Campus.