Science of Sport

The Science of Sport

Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance
  • Fixed it for you: The Matthew Syed dismissal of whistleblower fears
    Matthew Syed recently wrote a piece dismissing the real fears of whistleblowers over retribution when they dare to speak up about doping in sport. He ignores an overwhelming body of evidence, dozens of examples that show why whistleblowers are the exception, not the norm. In this piece, I fix his original article for integrity. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The Caster Semenya debate
    Caster Semenya won the Monaco 800m in 1:55.33, at a canter, and is the surest bet for gold in Rio 2016. She's also the surest bet for controversy, and will kick start an explosive, aggressive debate. This post introduces some of the concepts, and addresses some issues around our approach to this difficult issue. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The profile of a sprint: What does it take to win a sprint stage?
    The 2016 Tour de France is three stages down, and it's 3 to the sprinters. This article, a republish from 2014, looks at the power output, aerodynamics and tactics of a pro sprint, with a little help from a guest contributor expert, Paolo Menaspa The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Hyperandrogenism and women vs women vs men in sport: A Q&A with Joanna Harper
    Caster Semenya's likely gold medal in Rio is going to be one of the most controversial stories of the Games, if not the history of the Olympics. She is, unwillingly, the known image of a sex-verification controversy in sport, asking questions over whether a woman should compete against other women. In this piece, I interview Joanna Harper, an expert on matters of transgender science and performance, for her comprehensive views The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Transformation in SA sport: Dear Minister…
    Transformation is a cyclical, recurring problem in South African sport. Yesterday, the SA Minister of Sport announced a ban on certain sports from hosting international events because they had not adequately met transformation targets. This article discusses the root causes, and explains the fundamental principles that have not been met, which is why we keep circling back to the same controversies. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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