Professor helps track athletes go for the gold

Bing Yu, a professor in the physical therapy division of the School of Medicine, uses his expertise in biomechanics to analyze the performance of members of the U.S. Track and Field team and to suggest changes to improve technique and avoid injury.

He’s not a coach and he’s never been to the Olympics, but Carolina’s Bing Yu has helped athletes train for eight Summer Games, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

After his first career choice—professional athlete—fell through because he was too short to throw a discus and he injured his elbow throwing the javelin because his technique was not right, Yu figured he’d be a doctor, like his parents.

Fortunately for Tar Heel and U.S. athletes, his homeland, China, had other plans.

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