School of Medicine Anatomy Lecturer features in BBC rugby coverage
As part of its coverage for the 2010 Autumn Rugby Internationals, BBC Wales is showcasing a new short film – ‘The Anatomy of a Rugby Player’ – to be aired for the first time during the pre-match build up to Wales v Australia on Saturday, November 6.
The two minute trailer was filmed at Swansea University’s School of Medicine and features Dr Jo Bishop (pictured), lecturer in anatomy. It takes us through each key player type, explaining why their physique makes them such a great proponent of their sport.
The idea was the brainchild of Dave Purchase, filming director at BBC Sport, and he turned to Rick O’Shea, presenter of Scrum V, for help. Rick – who is a third year student of the University’s Graduate Entry Medicine course and a student of Jo’s – had no hesitation in recommending Swansea and Jo as the ideal candidates for the filming.
You can watch a preview of the trailer by clicking here. It will be aired at 2pm this Saturday (November 6) and before all other Wales’ autumn matches. Feedback has been so positive that it is expected to be showcased during the 2011 Six Nations matches. And there’s talk of using a similar format for the Olympic athletes during the 2012 Games.
Dr Bishop is delighted that the film is to be shown and she said: “Teaching anatomy is my passion and I was thrilled when the BBC called with the idea. It’s a really great way to get across the importance of human anatomy in a vivid and engaging manner.
“We had a short time to turn the idea into reality and I’d really like to thank all my colleagues and students for their help and enthusiasm. And a huge thank-you to Rick – he’s obviously been listening in class!”
Commenting on the potential of the film, the Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Gareth Morgan said: “I’m privileged to head Wales’ newest medical school and we’re absolutely dedicated to excellence in teaching and encouraging people to consider a career in medicine. So the opportunity to broadcast to millions through the medium of our national sport is a clear winner for us.”
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