Science of Sport

The Science of Sport

Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance
  • Powell & Simpson’s bans cut to 6 months: Broad implications
    Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have had their 18-month bans reduced to only six months on appeal. I look at the broader issues faced by anti-doping in the context of this decision

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  • The Tour’s first mountain finish: Quick take
    Four brief thoughts on the first mountain top finish of the 2014 Tour de France, where Vincenzo Nibali asserted his dominance on the race

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  • The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?
    What does it take to win sprint stages and the green jersey of the Tour de France? I explore the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert

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  • 2014 Tour de France: Performance analysis ready
    The 2014 Tour de France rolls out of Leeds today. Over the next three weeks, the usual performance analysis is bound to ask questions. Here is the history and the context for that discussion

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  • The Vibram lawsuit, barefoot running and science perspectives
    Vibram Five Finger shoes were last week ordered to pay $3.75 million in a class action lawsuit settlement. What it means for the barefoot running movement, and some scientific insights

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