Jodie Sinclair from Laxdale is asking you to please vote for Theo Health – and you only have until midday on Friday (2nd October).

Jodie developed the Theo smart band and app to support recovery from anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

She explains: “My start-up company, Theo Health, is currently competing in the entrepreneurial competition - TATA Varsity 2020 - with the chance to win £15,000 of funding and you can help us win it by simply voting for Theo Health in the link below and sharing this post. Voting is open to everyone!

www.nacue.com/events/online-peoples-vote/695-theo-health.html

“The online people’s vote lasts only until midday this Friday. The company with the most votes will be fast tracked to the Grand Final. The pace has been building at Theo Health over the last few months and winning this funding would allow us to accelerate, file for a patent and create a more advanced prototype of Theo, one that can be presented to potential investors.

“Your vote would really mean so much! If you would like to read more about what Theo is, how it helps and the inspiration behind it, click here: www.jamesdysonaward.org/2020/project/theo/

Jodie’s product is the tangible evidence of her determination not to let bad luck get in the way of her career. In 2014 she was just about to head off for her place at the University of Dundee after leaving The Nicolson Institute, when she fell off her skateboard and ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The ACL is one of the two ligaments which connect the thigh to the shin and enable the knee joint to work. At the time Jodie was an active athlete, who’d competed for the Western Isles at the International Island Games in Jersey and was looking forward to playing rugby and football at university.

Instead she found herself with an undiagnosed injury that, eventually, needed reconstructive surgery. From being an agile athlete, Jodie found herself in a very different position after the operation.

“I went for several months without diagnosis and then, after an MRI showed what it was, I had to wait a year for an operation. By the time I had the op my thigh muscle had completely depleted, and, after surgery, I had to struggle to do exercises which I could have just done without thinking about before my injury. The exercises would work when I was with a physio, but when I was at home, I felt like I wasn’t working the right muscle, and nothing was happening. It was so demotivating.”

But from that experience Jodie invented her new best friend – Theo. “The idea stemmed from that – it’s a device you wear when doing repetitive exercise and the muscle sensors take one reading using all three sensors, linking with an app which gives live feedback showing muscle tension.

“After your exercise session it will show you a progress chart and over the weeks you will see how it changes. You can exercise with the sensors on the bad leg, then on the good leg, and the lines on the app will show you how you are moving towards normal function in the damaged leg.”

Jodie won a number of awards for the Theo project last year and development has continued since then. 

(The links given in this article have been updated since it was pubished.  It seems they only worked within the LinkedIn environment - apologies)